How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Chilopsis, Desert catalpa, Desert willow—Chilopsis linearis
Family Bignoniaceae (Bignonia family)

Plant Identification

Chilopsis is a deciduous tree or shrub that can grow up to 30 feet tall.  Leaves are long and willow like.  Trumpet-shaped flowers are produced in various colors including reddish purple, lavender, rose, pink, or white, often with purple and gold markings.  Flowers attract hummingbirds.  Older trees develop twisting trunks.   

Optimum conditions for growth

Chilopsis is native to desert areas and does well in full sun with little or moderate amounts of water.  Prune to maintain shape.

Trumpet-shaped flowers of desert willow

Pests and disorders of Chilopsis linearis



Environmental disorders



Young flower buds
Flower buds of desert willow

Foliage of chilopsis
Long leaves of desert willow

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