Timeless Beauty Desert Willow, Desert Catalpa, Flowering Willow, Orchid of the Desert 'Monhews'

Chilopsis linearis

Family: Bignoniaceae (big-no-nih-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chilopsis (kye-LOP-sis) (Info)
Species: linearis (lin-AIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Monhews
Additional cultivar information:(PP11078)



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona

Huntington, Arkansas

Rancho Cucamonga, California

San Jose, California

Santa Clarita, California

Albuquerque, New Mexico (2 reports)

Lovington, New Mexico

Edmond, Oklahoma

Woodward, Oklahoma

Grand Prairie, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Lindon, Utah

Orem, Utah

Amelia Court House, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 5, 2013, UtahTropics12 from Orem, UT wrote:

I've had One of these in my garden for 5 years In Zone 6b! It's done so great! And hasn't had any damage! It produces beautiful flowers every year! I've seen a couple of these growing in my area! And one tree that is over 20 feet tall and it doing great! And has had no problems!


On May 31, 2009, crazymary from Lodi, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Love this tree. It has grown 2 ft. per year and is now a multibranched 6 foot tree and growing. It looks lovely in the breeze and flowers from early May until I don't know when. Looks great with ornamental grasses in front.


On Jun 17, 2007, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This cultivar does not set seed so it has a much longer flowering period. Water regularly the first season till it has grown its deep roots then watering can be reduced. Hummingbirds are attracted to this plant. This bloom is bicolored.