Willowy Billowy Desert Dreaminess

|Chilopsis linearis 'Burgandy' profile|

|Chilopsis linearis 'Burgandy' profile|

There are some desert plants out there that leave little to be desired.  Usually their appearance is rather scraggly or scrubby.  For the most part, this is due to survival adaptations.  But then there are some desert plants which adapt in ways that produce components of visual beauty you shouldn't ignore.  One such plant is Chilopsis linearis 'Burgandy' commonly known as the Desert Willow.  Chilopsis linearis 'Burgandy' grows as an open, airy, deciduous large shrub or small tree. During the warm, dry months of the year it produces bodacious trumpets of reddish-purple flowers with golden striped throats that resemble rays of the sun.  In a dry desert or drought tolerant tableau these trumpets provide a seriously stylish blast of beauty!

|Chilopsis linearis 'Burgandy' foliage|

|Chilopsis linearis 'Burgandy' foliage|

The Desert Willow can grow 12 to 25 feet tall and wide.  It's native to areas in the Southwest U.S. and down into Mexico.  From spring through fall it's outfitted with long, willowy thin leaves the color of crisp green apples.  Gives a great fresh look to a dry design.  It likes full sun, well-draining soil, and regular water spring through early fall.  Once the fall months arrive it should not be watered so that it can endure a dry period. This discourages new winter growth that can be damaged by frost.  The tree itself is hardy to -10 degrees fahrenheit/-23 celsius.

So if you're into native plants, a touch of southwestern style, and inviting hummingbirds to the party (they love the nectar of the flowers), consider Chilopsis linearis 'Burgandy'.  The look is 'desert hot' bustin' out with a bonanza of beguiling beauty!