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CHILOPSIS linearis 'Lucretia Hamilton'

Image of Chilopsis linearis 'Lucretia Hamilton'

Family

Bignoniaceae

Botanical Name

CHILOPSIS linearis 'Lucretia Hamilton'

Plant Common Name

Desert Willow, Lucretia Hamilton Desert Willow

General Description

Lucretia Hamilton desert willow is an upright, multi-stem, evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub or tree with a rounded to spreading crown. It is slightly smaller than most desert willow selections. Leaves are green and narrow giving desert willow a slightly weeping habit. Tubular deep pink to purple flowers with yellow throats occur abundantly in summer and are showy and fragrant. These produce elongated fruit pods.

Desert willow is native to the southwestern United States and Mexico where it is adapted to coarse, dry alkaline to acidic soils and full sun. It is a colorful ornamental feature plant that may also be used in land reclamation plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    3b, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    6'-20' / 1.8m - 6.1m

  • Width

    6'-20' / 1.8m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Southwestern United States, Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Purple, Pink, Lavender

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes