Desert Willow - Knowledgebase Question

San Angelo, TX
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Question by marthasleut
August 30, 2005
I have read about a Lucretia Hamilton Desert Willow. Is it the same as what you list as Timeless Beauty Desert Willow? The LH is also seedless, also about 15-20 feet mature height and I believe it flowers a deep purple. Since I haven't seen one, I'd like to know a bit about it. What is the form - more spreading or more upright than the usual desert willows? I need 2 for each side of a pathway, but if it is too spreading in form, that might not work. I am having trouble locating the Lucretia Hamilton variety, so I'm wondering (since it is seedless and the same size) if it is the same as your Timeless Beauty. Thanks!

Answer from NGA
August 30, 2005

Those two varieties are similar but apparently not the same. Lucretia Hamilton is a variety introduced by Mountain States Nursery in Arizona. I would consider both to have a similar growth habit so if you want them more upright you would need to prune accordingly to train them upward more than spreading. I think you would be happy with the beautiful flowers of the Timeless Beauty.

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