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Purple Splendor Desert Willow

Chilopsis linearis 'Purple Splendor'
SKU: HC018022
per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
No longer available this season.
Chilopsis linearis 'Purple Splendor' (Desert Willow) blooms with beautiful magenta-purple flowers for over a month in the summer, attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Its narrow leaves are long and willow-like, giving it a light, airy look. By early autumn the flowers fade and form slender seed pods, which dangle from the tree during winter. Plant this deer-resistant shrub near your home to create filtered shade for hot patios, low-water lawns, and courtyards, and to enjoy the sweet fragrance of the flowers.
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Botanical Name
Chilopsis linearis 'Purple Splendor'
Growing Zones
Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Native, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Long Bloom Time, Fragrant, Rock Gardens
Soil Moisture
Very Waterwise, Waterwise
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
20' tall
Bloom Time


Chilopsis linearis 'Purple Splendor' (Desert Willow) may be grown as a large shrub or small tree, adding year-round interest to a waterwise yard. It grows quickly to 10 feet tall, thereafter the growth will slow, and can be pruned to maintain a more compact form. Summer flowers are 1.5-2 inches long and arrive in deep rich purple, sometimes dashed with yellow or white. Sweetly fragrant, they will bloom for over a month, and they are true pollinator magnets. Native through the California deserts into Mexico, and east to Texas, Desert Willows are typically found at an elevation of 2000-5000 feet. Not a true willow, they are more closely related to Catalpa Trees and Trumpet Vine. Plant in average to low fertility soil that drains well, in a full sun location. Water Chilopsis as needed to establish, thereafter be careful not to over-water. In colder zones, it is recommended to plant them in the spring, so the roots have ample time to establish.
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