Desert Willow, Desert Catalpa, Flowering Willow, Orchid of the Desert
Chilopsis linearis 'Lucretia Hamilton'

Family: Bignoniaceae (big-no-nih-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chilopsis (kye-LOP-sis) (Info)
Species: linearis (lin-AIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Lucretia Hamilton

Category:

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

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)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bright Yellow

Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

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

Flowers are fragrant

This plant is resistant to deer

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Boise, Idaho (2 reports)

Marsing, Idaho

Meridian, Idaho (2 reports)

Bend, Oregon

Moody, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Jun 24, 2014, Bellababy from Bend, OR wrote:

I just planted this tree from High Country Gardens, so it's too early to comment, other than to let you know that it can grow in zone 6, according to High Country.

Positive

On May 26, 2014, scotjute from Moody, TX wrote:

Have two of these growing in the Moody, Tx. area. The color of mine is best described as deep pink fading to light pink by the stem. Grows well here with little care. Flowers are lovely.

Positive

On Aug 26, 2012, idahocactus2 from Boise, ID wrote:

I think someone needs to review the zones listed for this particular plant. This plant can easily be grown in zones down to 5a or so. I have been landscaping with Lucretia Hamilton since about 1995, and have had good luck with them. They are hardy down to at least -10F or more here in the Boise area. I have one client in zone 6, which has 6 of these trees lining their driveway. The trees are at least 12 - 17 feet tall and about 8 feet wide, and covered with thousands of blossoms every year. Our climate is not much different than the middle to higher parts of the Mojave and Chihuahan Deserts here in the Boise area, and I think this is part of its success. Several of the chilopsis varieties do not do well here -- and behave more as shrubs. These are Timeless Beauty, Bubba, Warren Jon... read more