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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

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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:

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Bellababy 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 scotjute 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 idahocactus2 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 Jones, etc. Another great one for here is Rio Solada. We have been trying to use these more and more here. The hummingbirds love the plants, and the fragrance is wonderful, especially on our hot summer days from June to September.


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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