General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7b -15 °C (5 °F) to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 10 to 30 feet (3-9 m)
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Other: Contains many winged seeds.
Fruiting Time: Year Round
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Pink, red, or purple, sometimes white or yellow and purple streaked.
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Flood Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Other: All parts are toxic.
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: 5-14 days.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Goes Dormant

Common names
  • Desert Willow
  • Desert Catalpa
  • Orchid of the Desert
  • Flowering Willow
  • Willow-Leaved Catalpa

  • Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Oct 23, 2018 3:34 PM concerning plant:
    I got seeds for this pretty flowering tree in last fall's NFSR Swap from RHarbison in Texas. For lack of space, I put off planting them until now in October. I sowed 7 seeds indoors under my SunBlaster lights and they all sprouted in one week. I will grow them under the SunBlaster lights all winter. By spring they should have a head start and be nicely rooted pot plants. I am offering the surplus seeds in the DND Swap since they are viable and quick to sprout.
  • Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jun 23, 2020 9:38 PM concerning plant:
    Habitat: along desert washes, streams, and highways where water collects. Range: Southern California to southern Texas; south into northern Mexico.
Plant Events from our members
MunchkinsMom On March 1, 2016 Transplanted
North fence by Pond l gallon, about 12" tall
MunchkinsMom On October 10, 2015 Obtained plant
UCD Plant Sale 1 gallon, about 12" tall
Mielikki On September 30, 2021 Transplanted
Mielikki On September 17, 2021 Obtained plant
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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id by Hamwild Oct 21, 2019 1:54 PM 11
Doesn't this look more like a Chitalpa? by Gardener2493 Jul 24, 2021 12:24 PM 3

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