Desert Willow



Desert Willow

Trumpet-Creeper Family: Bignoniaceae

Latin Name: Chilopsis linearis ssp. Linearis
Longevity: Perennial
Season: Warm
Origin: Native
Wildlife – fair
Livestock – poor


Other common names, “Flowering-willow” and “Willowleaf-catalpa”. This is a shrub or slender tree that grows up to 30 feet tall, with trunks usually leaning. Has been planted in numerous wind-break plantings throughout the eastern Texas Panhandle. Flowers May to June, the flowers are a very showy pink to purple with a white, yellow or purple-streaked throat. The flower pollen is used by bees to make very good honey. The fruit is a long, 4-12 inches long capsule. Various birds consume the winged seeds. The wood is used for fence posts and fuel, and baskets are woven from the twigs. It is reported that in Mexico an extraction of the flowers is used for coughs and bronchial disorders as a remedy.