Category: Deciduous Trees
Facts about Desert Willow Tree, "Scientific name for Desert Willow Tree is Chilopsis linearis". Desert willow is a delicate, small, deciduous tree with long narrow leaves. The trunk grows up to 6 inches (15.2 cm) in diameter and has dark brown, scaly bark. The Pussy Willow Tree flowers are beautiful and fragrant trumpet shaped and pink-burgundy and they range from light pink to light violet. The flowers occur in showy clusters at the edges of the branches and they persist from spring to early fall. Pussy Willow Tree cultivar does not typically produce seed pods and has a long flowering period. It is heat and drought tolerant plant, which performs best in sunny, dry or well drained sites. The Desert Willow Tree are normally used in wide screens and tall hedges because of their well-branched growth and multiple trunks that favors thick growth.
Attributes of Desert Willow Tree
This willow plant has a medium growth rate and it grows to a height of about 15 to 25 feet (4.57 to 7.62 meters) when fully mature. A mature Desert Willow Tree has spreading,rounded or horizontal shape. Its trunk grows large and it is featured by a dark brown, scaly bark. The Desert Willow flowers at peak season from spring to summer. This shrub has inch (2.5 cm) long dark-green foliage and it has a ten-inch (25.4 cm) long seed-pod that persists throughout the winter. The Desert Willow Tree is masked by airy, light foliage as well as brightly colored funnel-shaped flowers. The leaves resemble those of long blade grass and they are shaded at the onset of spring rains.
Desert Willow Tree leaves are made up of many colored pigments, green chlorophyll hides the colors during the growing season of spring and summer. As days get Shorter and cooler temperatures come in the fall, it cause the chlorophyll to break down and than the other color pigments can be seen.
Desert Willow Tree growth is referred to as Meristem (The undifferentiated embryonic plant tissue from which new cells are created, as that at the tip of a root or stem). This tissue can be found at the tips of shoots and leaves. Inside the stem growth in thickness occurs at the vascular cambium.
Desert Willow Trees make their own food from sunlight, carbon dioxide, water, and nutrients from the soil.
Conditions for growth of Desert Willow Tree
The Desert Willow Trees should be grown in full sunny conditions or minimum shade. Desert Willow Trees will grow well in moderate moisture and will tolerate over-watering. Desert Willow Tree thrives well in acidic to alkaline sandy or clay soils and in places with hardness zones of between 7 and 9.
A Full grown Desert Willow Tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds (21.77 kg) of carbon dioxide a year. The same Desert Willow Tree could also produce enough oxygen in a day for two people.
You can tell a Desert Willow Trees age by the number of growth rings. Growth rings size shows what kind of conditions accrued that year, the temperature and if it was a dry or wet year.
Bark of the Desert Willow Tree protects it from the elements and is made up of dead cells.
Care of Desert Willow Tree
Desert Willow Trees are watered every five to seven days during the first year. Established trees are watered every two weeks in the summer and every month in the winter. Willow plant is pruned in spring just as leaves emerge to remove winter damage and a single trunk is maintained by pruning only the lowest limbs every spring.
Desert Willow Tree roots usually grow two to three times the width of the tree branches. The ideal time to fertilize your Desert Willow Tree is in late fall or early spring. If you want to transplant a Desert Willow Tree do it in fall, this is ideal for most trees.