Desert willow 'Bubba' (Chilopsis linearis)
Desert willow 'Bubba' is an excellent ornamental tree that is drought tolerant with very decorative pink blooms and willow-like leaves. They most commonly come as multi trunk trees, rarely single trunk.
Allow to dry out between waterings, as this will encourage more extensive waves of blooms. Avoid excessive water and fertilizer, as that can lead to overly rapid growth, fewer blooms, and a weaker plant. Prolonged saturation can result in rot. Desert willow blooms heaviest May to June but will continue to bloom sporadically throughout the warm season after it rains.
Prune frequently during its first few years to encourage minimal or single trunks. Water occasionally during prolonged drought. Remove spent flowers and seed pods to encourage continued blooming.
AT A GLANCE
- Texas native
- Drought tolerant
- Full sun
- 12-20 ft tall
- Wildlife value: butterflies, bees, hummingbirds
- Host plant: White winged moth