Chilopsis linearis Hope

White Desert Willow


A profusion of lightly fragrant white flowers cover this small growing native tree beginning in late spring. A very cold hardy cultivar, plant where it will get heat and sun. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 12-15 ft. tall x 12-15 ft. wide.

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Zones 5 - 10
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring through summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot


12-15 ft. tall x 12-15 ft. wide. A profusion of lightly fragrant white flowers cover this small growing native tree beginning in late spring. With summer rains, it will continue to bloom sporadically for the rest of the growing season. Plant it where it gets plenty of heat and sun. A very cold hardy cultivar originally introduced many years ago by the USDA Los Lunas Plant Materials Center of central NM.
Common Name White Desert Willow
Botanical Name Chilopsis linearis Hope
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color White
Mature Height 12-15' tall
Mature Spread 12-15' wide
Bloom Time Late spring through summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages Attract Hummingbirds, Native
Ideal Region Western Only
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) is a native tree with showy, nectar-rich flowers that attract hummingbirds. Its small size allows it to fit easily into smaller yards and under power lines. Excellent for rain gardens, the plants are equally comfortable standing in water for a few days or sitting bone dry for weeks on end. 'Conchas Dam Pink,' 'Hope' and 'Lucretia Hamilton' Desert Willow are cold hardy into zone 5. Lucretia Hamilton'™ with lovely, burgundy flowers is equally cold hardy and a compact grower for patios and tight spaces. Our Desert Willow selections are very cold tolerant. But they are best grown in the West, Southwest, southern Great Plains and Texas in areas with good summer heat (temperatures in the 90s °F or higher). Chilopsis is worth trying in the mid-Atlantic states in very fast draining, sandy soil. Not suitable for the Mid-West or Northeastern US. To get established in USDA zones 5 & 6, they must be planted in spring or early summer, not in the fall. Protect your new plants over their first winter or two in your garden. Cover each plant with a generous pile of clean straw or pine needles. This allows the plant's crown (junction of root and branches) to mature and obtain maximum cold hardiness. In zone 5 climates (edge of their cold hardiness): plant them in a wide, shallow depression that will fill in with soil after a few seasons. This increases their cold hardiness by gradually sinking the crown more deeply into the soil. Pruning: In zones 8-10, winter is an excellent time to prune because there will not be any winter die back. In colder regions (zones 5-7), Chilopsis will sometimes have some winter kill and its best to let the plant leaf out (typically in late spring) and remove any winter damaged branches that don't leaf out; then thinning of cross branches and shaping can be done. Rarely Chilopsis will freeze back to the ground. If this occurs, it's best to let the plant re-sprout from the roots before pruning off dead branches.
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Great hopes for this little tree


from Orange County, CA

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Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Hope:

When this little plant arrived, it looked like a bunch of dead twigs. I planted it in the spring and watched it green out immediately. During the summer it produced lovely fragrant flowers (the bees LOVED it). This plant started out about 5 inches high. After being in the ground for seven months its height is 3 feet. Very pleased with the results. It's going to be a fine show piece in the front of my garden.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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