Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton

Lucretia Hamilton Desert Willow

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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
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good for Containers
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10
Less than 10" (with irrigation)
1020
10 to 20"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU HBL4V51

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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 Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good for Containers, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Ideal Region Western Only, Southwest, West
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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4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

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  • Attractive (6)
  • Hardy (4)
  • Healthy (4)

Cons

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  • Outdoors (5)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wow!

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...Read complete review

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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Did not thrive, did not make it

I ordered and planted a purple and white one last May. By the end of summer, the white one had barely grown two inches - but it only had 1 stalk with two branches...Read complete review

I ordered and planted a purple and white one last May. By the end of summer, the white one had barely grown two inches - but it only had 1 stalk with two branches when I received it. The purple one did grow several inches on the very tiny plant of just 3 stalks. After winter now at the end of April, both plants appear dead. The plants were planted following the instructions, and water regularly throughout the summer. They received mulch and were planted in a protected spot. Our winter here was a very mild one. I planted 40 plants, shrubs and trees last spring, but I am disappointed that neither of these survived, and never thrived over summer, while the ones I bought at big-box stores all grew much more in one summer, seem to have come through and are growing well this spring. I paid more on this website, hoping I would get good quality specialty plants, but it has not been a good experience. I feel the plants sent are simply too small. I would not recommend buying them here, as the plants sent are so small they could easily be mistaken for "weeds", and I think it is too hard to grow them successfully from this stage.

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1.0

Did not thrive, did not make it

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from Salt Lake City, UT

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Pros

    Cons

    • Did not take off
    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

      Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton:

      I ordered and planted a purple and white one last May. By the end of summer, the white one had barely grown two inches - but it only had 1 stalk with two branches when I received it. The purple one did grow several inches on the very tiny plant of just 3 stalks. After winter now at the end of April, both plants appear dead. The plants were planted following the instructions, and water regularly throughout the summer. They received mulch and were planted in a protected spot. Our winter here was a very mild one. I planted 40 plants, shrubs and trees last spring, but I am disappointed that neither of these survived, and never thrived over summer, while the ones I bought at big-box stores all grew much more in one summer, seem to have come through and are growing well this spring. I paid more on this website, hoping I would get good quality specialty plants, but it has not been a good experience. I feel the plants sent are simply too small. I would not recommend buying them here, as the plants sent are so small they could easily be mistaken for "weeds", and I think it is too hard to grow them successfully from this stage.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A great showy bloomer

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      from Santa Fe

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton:

          Because this is either the 2nd or 3rd try, I'm giving this only 4 stars. This time, I put it in a pot, and it bloomed the first season. It's very beautiful and showy.
          Right now, it's in a protected place, and will be planted in it's permanent place in the spring.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I love this plant, it has been very beautiful and healthy.

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          from Oklahoma

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Healthy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Outdoors
            • Patio
            • Pool Area

            Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton:

            I am taking a chance on this plant because it is not going to make it through one of our horrible winters. I believe this plant will be happy here because of our continuing drought and warmer winters so I may have a plant that will adapt and be very happy. I did place the plants where there would be special protection and so far the two plants have bloomed beautifully. I am looking forward to moving this plant to other places on my area(160a) so they may become a real asset.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It's a Beauty!

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            from Chino, California

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            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Attracts Hummingbirds
            • Hardy
            • Healthy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Garden
              • Lawn
              • Patio

              Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton:

              This is a beautiful, wispy looking tree that loves the heat. Great for California high desert locations. The tree arrives small, but grows really fast. Make sure to plant or place it where it gets at least 6 hours of sunlight. I love the red bark of the mature tree which is reminiscent of the Manzanita bush. Of course, the little bell shaped flowers are lovely too!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love this! Would definitely buy it again!

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              from Nampa, ID

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton:

              Bought this Spring 2017. Was a little disappointed when it first arrived, because it was smaller than I expected -- about 6" tall. Planted it in a pot on my back patio and within about 2 weeks noticed flower buds that ended up being extraordinarily beautiful flowers. And they weren't tiny either, each one was about 2 inches long. It took a short rest and now I am seeing another new flush of flower buds. Very excited and happy with this purchase.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Desert Willow

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              from Alamogordo nm

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              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Healthy

              Cons

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                • Garden
                • Outdoors

                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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Too early to tell

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                from Reno NV

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                • Attractive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Outdoors

                  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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                  (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Wow!

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                  from Santa Fe, NM

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                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoors

                    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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                    (11 of 12 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.

                    (6 of 8 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

                    Best Uses

                    • 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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                    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.

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                    • 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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