Desert Willow - Chilopsis linearis ssp. arcuata
Although it reaches its largest size in moist places, Desert Willow tolerates rocky soils and grows to elevations of 5,300 feet in its native range. A Southwestern species this small tree ranges from southeastern California across southern Arizona to Texas and south into northern Mexico. The trees may reach over 30 feet in height with a trunk short, and dark brown scaly bark; the branches are upright. The flowers have are lobed with 5 pink to purple petal and are borne in an elongated raceme. The fruit is a slender capsule and the seeds are winged.