New Breed Of Tree Called A Chitalpa - Knowledgebase Question

Lathrop, CA
Question by svalkenaar
October 12, 2004
I just aquired a tree from the Amador Flower Farm in Plymouth, CA called a Chitalpa it is a cross between a Catalpa and a Chilopsis. They crossed it to make it more drought resistan. I am having trouble finding any information about this new tree. I can find information about the Catalpa and the Chilopsis but not the Chiltalpa. I would appreciate any thing you can find.
Thank You Sue Valkenaar


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Answer from NGA
October 12, 2004

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on the growth of the oldest specimens that they will grow to 20-25 feet tall. It is a drought resistant plant, a trait it inherited from the desert willow, and it is fairly hardy, having withstood temperatures as low as 9 degrees F - It has been noted that it will freeze back to the ground in USDA Zone 6. Although many rapidly growing trees are intolerant of windy situations, Chitalpa can withstand even strong winds without breakage. Unlike either of its parents, Chitalpa is sterile and produces no messy seed pods. Additionally the flowers dry on the plant rather then fall fresh and so do not become a slick safety hazard on a walkway or patio.

Hope this provides the background information you're seeking. Best wishes with your new tree!

on the growth of the oldest specimens that they will grow to 20-25 feet tall. It is a drought resistant plant, a trait it inherited from the desert willow, and it is fairly hardy, having withstood temperatures as low as 9 degrees F - It has been noted that it will freeze back to the ground in USDA Zone 6. Although many rapidly growing trees are intolerant of windy situations, Chitalpa can withstand even strong winds without breakage. Unlike either of its parents, Chitalpa is sterile and produces no messy seed pods. Additionally the flowers dry on the plant rather then fall fresh and so do not become a slick safety hazard on a walkway or patio.

Hope this provides the background information you're seeking. Best wishes with your new tree!

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