Desert-willow is not a willow at all, and prefers dry, well-drained soils, compared
to true willows, which grow along streams and ponds; in fact, it will not tolerate
heavy, wet soils. Because it likes the hotter, drier climates it is an excellent choice
for western Oklahoma. Desert-willow grows as a small tree 15’-30’ high and 10’ to
25’ wide. It is a loose, gangly tree favored for its colorful, funnel-shaped flowers
that put on their biggest show in early summer, and then bloom sporadically throughout
the rest of summer. Flowers can be white, pink, rose, or lavender with purple markings
inside and are sweetly fragrant. Foliage is a rich green in summer with no fall color,
falling early to reveal the interesting branching structure. Several cultivars exist.
Desert-willow makes a great patio or small specimen tree and attracts hummingbirds
and other birds.
Exposure: Full sun
Soil: Dry, well-drained soils
Hardiness: USDA Zone 7-9