Desert Willow

The Desert Willow also known as Chilopsis linearis is a highly tolerant, unique plant that blossoms its shade from purple, pink, white or yellow. They range from Nevada, southern California, through New Mexico and Arizona to northern Mexico and west Texas. Its main habitat ranges from the low desert to the grasslands. The desert willow has very rapid developing shrubs that can grow for about 30 feet long and about 20 feet in diameter. It features dark green bright leaves that can grow up to about 5 inches long that makes it develop a long, slender, willow-like leaves. It can either be grown as a shrub or developed as a tree that has many trunks. They can adapt to trimming which can make them function as hedges. The Desert Willow flourishes from fall through spring and develops long suspended seed pods that can be estimated to be about 8 inches long. The Desert Willow also comes in a bright purple or hot pink attractive shades. Its fragrant flowers dazzle with long clusters of contrasting stripes of 2-inch flowers. Its flowers are attractive to birds who consume its seeds together with hummingbird and bees who nectars on it. The Desert Willow during the spring develops a dramatic appearance when fully flourished.

The plant usually loses its lovely willow-like leaves during the winter. They offer a worthy alternative to other pink trees in dry landscapes.

The Desert Willow is a native of the Western part of the United States where it takes on a full bright landscape view in the sun. They can be found in the Californian wilds where they constantly receive water from the river washes throughout the spring but end up getting very little water in the remaining part of the year. They can survive in very extreme weather conditions at about 3-degree F and can also survive throughout the year on just 10 inches of rainfall although getting adequate rainfall can make the tree flourish from mid-spring through mid-summer. However, their root will become rot when they get too much water so they usually prefer fast-draining soil and periodic watering. They can also survive on low nutrient soil and a PH soil of about 7 to 9.

Fall is the best period for planting the Desert Willow so that they can get accustomed to their new surroundings all winter which usually helps them withstand the warm summer.

The inner bark of the Desert Willow plant can be consumed raw as food although it is usually bitter, it can be better consumed when dry or grounded to flour. The bark has medicinal properties for relieving ailments such as sore throats, colds, and hay fever. The Desert Willow flower can be produced into a tea that can be used as a natural anti-oxidant that enhance cardiovascular health and maintain glucose digestion. It can also be used in mixtures that protect from the yeast infection, athlete’s foot and other first-aid purposes. Other uses of this tree bark are in making fabrics for clothing and wood used in creating posts, frames, and granaries. Its seedpods and flower can also serve as emergency food.