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Chilopsis linearis 'Burgundy'

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

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

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:
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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kinderegg 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.

Positive paires 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.


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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