1 gallon; 5 gallon; 15 gallon
Full Sun; Partial Shade
Naturally a large shrub. Prune to form a tree if desired
Common along the dry washes throughout the Southwest, this deciduous tree usually grows in a shrubby, multi-trunked form, but older plants may reach 25 feet tall and as wide. Long, narrow bright green leaves give the tree a willowy appearance. The large orchid-like flowers provide warm season color, and attract hummingbirds and bees. The fragrant flowers range from white to dark pink. Long tan seed pods persist on the plant after flowering. Plant in full sun or part shade and provide well-drained soil
Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information
The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others!
Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.
Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.