Desert willow is a small tree with a big personality. Its blooms are nothing short of spectacular and are loved by bees, moths, butterflies, and hummingbirds. It is very drought tolerant, thriving in the sun and heat. In fact, the easiest way to kill a desert willow is to plant it in either a wet or poorly draining location. Desert willow plays well with others, providing light shade that allows plants underneath and around it to prosper.
'Bubba' is our favorite desert willow cultivar. It is robust, has fewer seedpods than the species and its blooms are deep pink color.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun exposure||Full sun to part sun|
|Bloom time||On and off spring through summer|
|Mature height||12-25 ft|
|Attracts||Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds|
|Host plant||White winged moth|
|Notes||Native bee friendly|
|Present in state|
|Present in county and native|
|Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state|
|Not present in state|
|Present and rare, native in county|
|Previously present, now extinct|
|Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)|