Plant Care Desert Willow

Desert Willow

About Desert Willow

Desert Willow is a deciduous shrub or multi-trunked small tree with showy fragrant pink tubular flowers in the willow family. Use this flowering tree as a hedge or in a winter interest or drought-tolerant garden.


Chilopsis linearis

How to care for Desert Willow


How often to water your Desert Willow

Water needs for Desert Willow
0.5 cups
every 9

Desert Willow needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Desert Willow

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Desert Willow in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Desert Willow: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Desert Willow love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Desert Willow does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Desert Willow in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Desert Willow

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Desert Willow: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Desert Willow after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Desert Willow is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Desert Willow

Desert Willow

Desert Willow

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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