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Re: tree coming down.....Desert Willow

Yes, that's right.... there are two....there is the native Desert  Willow 
(Chilopsis) and then there is the cross between the Catalpa and the  Chilopsis, 
called the Chitalpa.   One is a variety Bubba, which I  always get a kick out 
of....typical Texas.  LOL   The Desert  Willow truly doesn' t like wet feet, 
but apparently the Chitalpa can handle all  conditions.  I have no experience 
with the Chitalpa, but have had a Desert  Willow for some years now  It 
struggles a bit during our wetter periods,  but it is on a raised area that gets no 
supplimental watering, so it  survives.  
Looking back, I probably would have been better off in this area with the  
Catalpa or the Chitalpa, but.....at the time, the goal was to go as native as  
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 10/7/2006 11:02:19 PM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

Someone  mentioned desert willow (Chilopsis), those are all over the place 
and  very nice trees. I think there are two kinds of them, as I have some  
very thin leaves and I see others with the same flowers but a  different,
broader and more oval leaf. They flower continually throughout  the summer 
fall. Bees love them and I've seen a hummingbird there once  or twice as well,
although the hummers seem to like my silk tree better  when it's in bloom.
There's a desert willow at the Santa Barbara botanic  garden that is just
enormous so they can grow quite large under good  conditions.

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