Chitalpa tree is fast growing, drought resistant
The Chitalpa is a cross between Catalpa bignonioides and Chilopsis linearis. The Chilopsis is a desert tree, sometimes called a Desert Willow. From the Chilopsis, the Chitalpa inherits long 3 to 5 inch dark green leaves and the ability to withstand some dry heat. However, unlike its desert parent, the Chitalpa can withstand low temperatures of around minus 15 degrees. This sounds like the perfect tree to in the front of my house. It has lovely flowers and grows quickly, but doesn't get too tall so that it won't block the view from the kitchen window.
Chitalpas start flowering in the spring and continue all summer long. The flowers are large and beautiful.
The local nursery is carrying these plants and I will talk to them about my concern about winter water being too much for the root system.
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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at January 10, 2011 7:38 AM