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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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By Mona Lisa
from St. Michaels, Arizona
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Comments about High Country Gardens Chilopsis linearis Paradise:
I purchased 2 plants which have grown about 6 inches during the past summer so can't say too much about the pros and cons of the plants; only time will tell. I am just hoping they will survive the winter months.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Hardy Flowering Hedge
from Walla Walla WA
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I'm using them to screen unsightly house behind us. Bees and hummingbirds should love profuse flowering for mid summer to fall; even these twigs developed blooms. Deciduous and may require cleanup if you're picky. Need plenty of space for max growth. Seem very hardy (I have 2 dogs), but winter will tell.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
This arrived very small, no more than a couple of inches tall and with what looked like a main leader pinched off the center. I planted it in a sunny spot near the alley with a chicken wire enclosure to keep critters away. It's now about 18" tall and put out a couple of blooms after a rain in the hot weather. If it survives the winter I'll be pleased.
trying it outside its comfort zone
from Portland Oregon area
Planted one of these Oct 12, 2016 in my yard in the Portland Oregon area. Our winters should be no problem for it here in zone 8. And we generally get a fair amount of 80s and 90s in the summer. Will it mind our wet winters? I haven't read anything that suggests to me that's a show stopper. I am a bit surprised it's not on the plant list of our local nursery for "plants of other regions that you can grow here", Cistus Nursery, so maybe they know something I don't, but anyway I bought one by mail order from HCG and we'll see what happens. So far it's been in the ground less than an hour but it gets the benefit of the doubt so five stars for now. It's a good sized and healthy plant for a 5 incher and not badly root bound.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Hypoallergenic and pollinator friendly!
from Kanab, UT
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.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Morristown, TN
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!
(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Lovely but died first winter
from Mechanicsburg, PA
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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)
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By Tyler Babcock
from White Rock, NM
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.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
wonderful waterwise native
from Marble Falls, TX
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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