Chilopsis linearis Paradise

Paradise Desert Willow

  • Pink Chilopsis linearis Paradise, Chilopsis linearis Paradise, Paradise Desert Willow

20-25' tall x 15-20' wide. Large growing and cold hardy with big fragrant pink flowers, Chilopsis linearis 'Paradise' Desert Willow is a fantastic flowering tree for hot, sunny, poor soil sites. Suitable for zones 5b - 9. Native. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU HBL5V51

Details

20-25' tall x 15-20' wide. Huge and cold hardy with large fragrant pink flowers, this Desert Willow is a fantastic introduction by nurseryman Steve Bieberich, Sunshine Nursery, Clinton, OK. Believed to be a hybrid of Chilopsis with a little Catalpa mixed in, Chilopsis linearis ’Paradise’ has thrived in the extreme heat and cold of western OK for many years. Suitable for zones 5b - 9. Native.
SKU HBL5V51
Common Name Paradise Desert Willow
Botanical Name Chilopsis linearis Paradise
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 20-25' tall
Mature Spread 15-20' wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain Less than 10" (with irrigation), 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.
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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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 6, zones 3-4 first. Most plant orders arrive within 3-5 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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4.2

(based on 5 reviews)

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100%

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Pros

  • Attractive (5)
  • Hardy (4)
  • Healthy (4)
  • Accurate instructions (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (3)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hypoallergenic and pollinator friendly!

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from Kanab, UT

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-toxic
  • Thornless
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Full Sun
    • Garden
    • Lawn
    • Native Landscape
    • Outdoors
    • Pool Area

    Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Paradise:

    Here in the southwestern high desert, it is a true treat to be able to encourage a native, non-invasive plant that isn't poisonous, full of sharpness or extremely allergenic.
    As a flowering tree instead of a wind pollinated tree, Desert Willow is both pollinator friendly and easy to live with for people who have seasonal allergies.
    We have dogs and Burros for pets and we appreciate the nontoxic qualities of this special and beautiful plant.
    The foliage is quite open and Lacey so it provides partial shade to shorter plants in the same landscape.
    We had success planting a few inches below the soil line to help with water retention.
    They don't seem to like air pockets around the roots at all so be careful to fill the soil in completely around the roots and then step around the plant to tamp down the soil and remove any air pockets before watering in.
    BUY EXTRA: Desert Willows are so affordable compared to other desirable trees, so we bought several extra when we planted our property with 50 desert willows. The reason is because we have gophers on the property and Willow roots are delicious and sweet! We find it better to replace a few trees that got eaten than to fight the gophers.
    The wild jackrabbits and cottontails also enjoyed eating the branches during the hard winter months. We don't mind us, although it does keep the trees more like a bush and less like a tall tree since the foliage is regrowing every spring from the base of the trunk. If you do not want them to get eaten, you might try chicken wire around the perimeter of the tree at first while it is still young.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful plant.

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    from Morristown, TN

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Paradise:

      It is a beautiful tree. Right now it looks more like a bush. Love the foliage. It survived one of the worse winters we have had in years. One bloom the first year!

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      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Lovely but died first winter

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      from Mechanicsburg, PA

      About Me Professional Landscaper

      Pros

      • Attractive

      Cons

      • Not hardy

      Best Uses

        Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Paradise:

        I was excited about the hardiness claim. I bought it early, let it size up, planted it early fall to allow time for it to get established and it died the first winter. Not hardy for me. I'm in zone 6.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I bought this last year

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        from White Rock, NM

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Fragrant
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

        Cons

        • Small In Size

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Paradise:

        I planted this in the front yard and it grew 36" from May to October. And covered it's self in pale pink flower all summer.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        wonderful waterwise native

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        from Marble Falls, TX

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        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

        Cons

        • Flimsy

        Best Uses

        • Focal Point

        Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Paradise:

        I have this desert willow as the centerpiece to salvia greggi and lavender, for a mix of height and bloom color. The place that the willow and others are planted doesn't get quite as much sun as I would like, so they are slower growing. But doing very well and will soon make a wonderful blend of foliage, color and height along the front of my house.

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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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