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Chilopsis linearis - (Cav.)Sweet.

Common Name Desert Willow
Family Bignoniaceae
USDA hardiness 7-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Gravelly or rocky soils in arid desert washes and desert grasslands, 400 - 1600 metres[227, 229]. Plants attain their greatest size when growing along streams and in low places[229].
Range South-western N. America - California to Texas south to Mexico.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Chilopsis linearis Desert Willow


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Summary

Bloom Color: Lavender, Pink, White. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Early fall, Late summer, Late spring, Mid summer. Form: Rounded, Spreading or horizontal.


Physical Characteristics

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Chilopsis linearis is a deciduous Shrub growing to 9 m (29ft 6in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower in June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers  Seedpod
Edible Uses:

The blossoms and seedpods have been used for food[257].

Medicinal Uses

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Pectoral

A decoction of the flowers is used for coughs and bronchial disturbances[227].

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Other Uses

Basketry  Fibre  Wood

The young pliable twigs are woven into baskets[227, 274]. The bark is removed and the shoots are used unsplit as rod foundations in coil basketry[257]. The bark has been used to make shirts and nets[257]. Wood - coarse-grained, soft, weak, rather durable in the soil. Used for fence posts and fuel[227].

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Pollard, Standard, Specimen. Requires a very warm sunny position in a very well-drained soil[260]. Plants are likely to be intolerant of wet conditions especially in the winter[K]. This species is not very hardy outdoors in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -3°c[260]. The showy flowers are fragrant[229]. Special Features:Attracts birds, North American native, Fragrant flowers, Blooms are very showy.

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Propagation

Seed - we have very little information on this species but would suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in the spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. It will probably pay to protect the plants for their first winter or two in the open ground. There are about 75,000 seeds per pound, only half of which are viable. About 4,000 plants are usually raised from a pound of seed[227]. Grows readily from cuttings[227].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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