desert-willow Bignoniaceae Chilopsis linearis
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.