It is a staple of the Southwest desert: the Chilopsis linearis. Here in Arizona, you can’t drive more than a few miles without seeing a desert willow tree, with their pale pink blooms adorning the landscape. With their many trunks and branches, these trees can provide some seriously needed shade for us desert dwellers, and as they thrive in the region, they are pretty easy to care for with these few steps:
As these plants love the heat, really all they need is an occasional deep irrigation. This is not only sufficient in keeping your plants healthy and happy, but keeping your wallet happy as well! These trees do best in areas that provide lots of sun, where the soil stays primarily dry. With our few rainy days, these desert willows do best in our climate!
Monitor Animals & Pests
Desert willows are also notorious for attracting bees, birds, and hummingbirds. This is important to note in case anyone in your family has severe allergies to any of these animals, or the pollination that the bee’s create. Other than a few frequent critters, the desert willow is entirely pest free, which eliminates the need for you to monitor it closely, looking for insects harmful to the plant.
In terms of appearance, these trees, with their many roots and branches, are intended to grow and look uniquely. Other than some light pruning every now and then, these trees don’t require much upkeep.
Do you have questions regarding your desert willow, or are you looking for someone to manage the arbor in your yard? Give ABC Scapes a call to speak to one of our professionals at (602) 404-0568!