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Plant Lists

This guide organizes, categorizes and provides information about plants from the Maricopa Native Seed Library.

Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis)

Other common names: Catalpa Willow, Desert Catalpa, Desertwillow, False Willow, Flowering Willow, Trumpet Flower, Willow-leaf Catalpa; (Spanish: Flora de Mimbre, Mimbre, Jano, Janos)

Difficulty level (when growing from seed): Easy

Desert willow

Desert Willow, Danielle Carlock, 

Highly fragrant and wildlife-supporting tree that lends an oasis feel to the landscape

TYPE SIZE FLOWERS GERMINATION CARE WILDLIFE BENEFITS EDIBLE OTHER CAUTIONS

Tree

Up to 25'

Pink, white, purple
(Apr-Aug)

Sow fresh seed indoors or outdoors; no pretreatment needed

Full sun, low water

Nectar, attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds

Flowers and seed pods have been used for food (Moerman, 1998)

Deciduous in winter

Fragrant

Seeds were collected from highly fragrant and established trees on SCC campus (as pictured)

N/A

RECOMMENDED USE IN THE LANDSCAPE:  Ideal for a seating area, or any other location where you can smell the fragrant flowers and enjoy the hummingbirds (just plan for the full size of the tree). Since desert willow is winter deciduous, it is ideal for a western or southern exposure where the plant will provide shade in the summer but in winter will let the warming heat come in. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Moerman, D. E. 1998. Native American ethnobotany. Portland: Timber Press.  

Native North American Plant database, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 2020. Chilopsis linearis profile.

SEINet. 2020. Chilopsis linearis profile

 

 

 

Native Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis arcuata)

Other common names: Catalpa Willow, Desert Catalpa, Desertwillow, False Willow, Flowering Willow, Trumpet Flower, Willow-leaf Catalpa; (Spanish: Flora de Mimbre, Mimbre, Jano, Janos)

Difficulty level (when growing from seed): Easy

 

Native Desert Willow tree

Native Desert Willow, Danielle Carlock, 

Highly fragrant and wildlife-supporting tree that lends an oasis feel to the landscape

TYPE SIZE FLOWERS GERMINATION CARE WILDLIFE BENEFITS EDIBLE OTHER CAUTIONS

Tree

15', sometimes more

Pink
(Apr-Sept)

Sow fresh seed indoors or outdoors; no pretreatment needed

Full sun, low water

Nectar, attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, moth larval host plant

Flowers and seed pods have been used for food (Moerman, 1998)

Deciduous in winter

Lightly Fragrant

Long drooping leaves distinguish it from other varieties

 

N/A

RECOMMENDED USE IN THE LANDSCAPE:  Ideal for a seating area, or any other location where you can smell the fragrant flowers and enjoy the hummingbirds (just plan for the full size of the tree). Since desert willow is winter deciduous, it is ideal for a western or southern exposure where the plant will provide shade in the summer but in winter will let the warming heat come in. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Moerman, D. E. 1998. Native American ethnobotany. Portland: Timber Press.  

Native North American Plant database, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 2020. Chilopsis linearis profile.

SEINet. 2020. Chilopsis linearis profile