Chitalpa (Chitalpa tashkentensis)
The Chitalpa tree, x Chitalpa tashkentensis, a hybrid of Catalpa and Desert Willow trees, is a medium sized tree noted for its big and bright pink, white or lavender blooms that appear from late spring and into fall. It’s an ornamental shade and street tree that is bird friendly and sure to attract hummingbirds and pollinators into your garden. This North American native is ideal for use as a specimen tree or placed in a wildlife garden.
Chitalpa is a fast growing tree. It produces a unique multi-trunk structure that branches out into an interesting pattern that is sure to add an appealing look to most any Southwestern landscape. This deciduous tree loves full sun exposure and requires low to moderate water use once established. Homeowners looking to bring a waterwise tree into an arid landscape will appreciate the beautiful greenery and flowering blooms of a Chitalpa tree. It’s ideally suited to most soils and climates of the Southwest.
A Chitalpa tree is attractive even when not in bloom. Its soft green leaves and foliage create an inviting landscape presence. In fact, its thin leaves and open branching casts a light shade, making it easy to garden under the tree. It adds a great color contrast with bronze and burgundy and looks fantastic with lavender, pink, purple, silver and white flowering plants.
Chitalpa trees stay at a medium size, so they work very well when planted alone or in rows. Feel free to plant along a border to create a natural privacy screen along property lines. When in bloom, a stunning single specimen looks incredible under nighttime landscape lighting. Feel free to speak with a Moon Valley Nurseries pro for placement ideas. Ask us about our free design consultation!
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Very inviting soft, green landscape presence
Produces big and bright pink blooms in summer
Very tough plant in full sun and drought tolerant
Ornamental desert flowering tree works great in many styles