Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Chilopsis 2011- Dessert Willow - Lin Frye

9" x 12"
Arches 140#CP

In several spots of the Arboretum, we have planted this unusual tree, native to the southwestern US. We have two variations - one with pink flowers; the other with white. It's blooming now and has successfully weathered our dry, hot, humid summers.

The flowers resemble those of the catalpa tree which occurs naturally in North Carolina, while the leaves resemble those of a willow. The flowers are pollinated mostly by large bees.

Lin Frye
North Carolina


  1. Lovely, Lin! What an interesting combination of catalpa-like blooms and willowish leaves...I've never seen this tree before. Thank you for the info!

  2. Stunning capture, Lin! I bet the bees get swallowed up by the flower when they collect pollen. The flower has a great runway for the bees.


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