Chilopsis linearis (Cav.) Sweet

Desert Willow

Cultivar Bubba Leaves and Flowers

Cultivar Bubba Leaves and Flowers


Family: Bignoniaceae

Genus: Chilopsis

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 7 to 10

Size: To 25' tall and wider

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Willow-like linear leaves, drop early. Pink, tubular, bell-shaped, slightly fragrant flowers in spring and summer, depending upon rainfall. Brown seed capsules persist through winter. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Multi-stemmed tree, can be trained as a single trunk. Found in desert washes - drought tolerant but also can take occasional flooding. Supplemental irrigation should be deep and infrequent.


'Bubba' - 15 to 25' tall, 10 to 15' wide - twisted trunks and shaggy bark.


Published in Hort. Brit. (Sweet) 283 in 1826.

Basionym Bignonia linearis Cav.

Native to the southwestern US plus Georgia.

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