Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton

Lucretia Hamilton Desert Willow

 

12-18' tall x 12-18' wide (cutting propagated). Lucretia Hamilton™ is the perfect desert willow for attracting hummingbirds to patios and small yards. A naturally compact grower, this selection provides a long blooming summer display of stunning burgundy flowers. And during the winter and early spring, its finely textured branching makes an especially nice focal point when planted against walls and fences. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 6 - 10
Advantages
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU HBL4V51

Details

12-18' tall x 12-18' wide (cutting propagated). Lucretia Hamilton™ is the perfect desert willow for attracting hummingbirds to patios and small yards. A naturally compact grower, this selection provides a long blooming summer display of stunning burgundy flowers. And during the winter and early spring, its finely textured branching makes an especially nice focal point when planted against walls and fences. (Miss Lucretia stays smaller in zone 6 climates hence the significant variation in mature height and spread.) Selected by Ron Gass of Mountain States Nursery.
SKU HBL4V51
Common Name Lucretia Hamilton Desert Willow
Botanical Name Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton
Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 12-18' tall
Mature Spread 12-18' wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
Amount of Rain Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20"
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.
View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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High Country GardensChilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton™
 
4.6

(based on 5 reviews)

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Pros

  • Attractive (4)
  • Hardy (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Outdoors (4)
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5.0

Excellent Desert Willow

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from Alamogordo nm

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  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton™:

    You sent me this little beauty last fall. As usual with HCG product, it looked great. As of the beginning of our hottest weather, it is flourishing. It has leafed out beautifully and the blossoms are abundant. Bees and butterflies use it frequently. I am looking forward to next year's growth already!

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    4.0

    Too early to tell

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    from Reno NV

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    • Attractive

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton™:

      Will have to wait a season to see how this takes hold in an area that I am trying to naturalize. Good looking out of the box though.

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      5.0

      Wow!

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      from Santa Fe, NM

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      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton™:

        This willow took off growing its first season here in Santa Fe and Bloomed!! numerous times with beautiful deep purple trumpet-shaped flowers. Very impressive growth - I planted it in late May. I hope it continues to thrive into its second season.

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's alive

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        from Bend, or

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton™:

        Okay, I am adding to my first review, and I am happy to tell you, it's bearing leaves like crazy. It will be even bigger this year since it's the second year. I love this tree.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Beautiful

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        from Bend, OR

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        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Fragrant
        • Hardy

        Cons

        • None

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        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton™:

        I planted this last summer. It bloomed right away and was beautiful and frangrant. At this time, it's early spring and chilly. I haven't seen any new growth, as yet, so we shall see if it tolerated the winter here.

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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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