Desert Willow, Desert Catalpa, Flowering Willow, Orchid of the Desert 'Burgundy'

Chilopsis linearis

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



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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Maricopa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Queen Creek, Arizona

Huntington, Arkansas

Hanford, California

Hesperia, California

Menifee, California

Phelan, California

Henderson, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Belton, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Portland, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Weatherford, Texas

Winnsboro, Texas

Winters, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 31, 2012, kinderegg from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

A very drought tolerant shrub/tree. It grows wild here in the northern Mojave, in washes. I have never really seen it turn into a tree in the wild, more of a big toppled shrub. However they do turn into trees when they are landscaped as such, and removed from an area that flash floods.


On May 6, 2009, paires from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

I planted this tree last year as a small shrub, but it will eventually grow into a beautiful tree. I've seen them at our local Desert Botanical Gardens, and they are stunning in full bloom. They bloom in April, here in Phoenix, and are deciduous.