desert-willow Bignoniaceae Chilopsis
linearis (Cav.) Sweet symbol: CHLI2
Leaf: Alternate and opposite or whorled, linear, often slightly curved, 3 to 5 inches long, 1/4 to 3/8 inches wide, green above.
Flower: Attractive, bell shaped, 1 inch long, white to pale lavender with purple and yellow streaks inside throat, appear in long clusters at the ends of twigs in late spring and summer.
Fruit: Long thin slightly twisted brown capsule, 6 to 12 inches long, containing numerous fluffy, winged seeds, ripen in fall.
Twig: Slender, initially green turning gray-brown, buds are very small.
Bark: Gray-brown with lighter colored cracks and splits, later develops shallow furrows and becomes scaly.
Form: Large shrub to small tree, reaches heights of 30 feet, often with a twisted crown.
Looks like: oleander
Additional Range Information: Chilopsis linearis is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting desert-willow.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson