Pink chitalpa

x Chitalpa tashkentensis ‘Pink Dawn’


Pink chitalpa is a medium size deciduous tree developing a dome shaped canopy and growing rapidly to 20-30 ft. tall and as wide. Medium green leaves grow 4-5 in. long, to 1 in. wide and grow on twisting branches. Trumpet-shaped flowers are pink to white, with purple markings and occur in showy clusters from late spring into early summer.

Pink chitalpa is hybrid between Catalpa bignonioides, Common catalpa, and Chilopsis linearis, Desert willow. It combines the larger flower size of the former species, with the linear leaves and desert adaptations of the latter. As a result, this hybrid provides a highly attractive combination of flowers, foliage and adaptations to many growing conditions. In Inland Empire gardens and landscapes it is grown as a low branched specimen for use in courtyards and as a single trunk tree that is planted as a street and yard tree. It tolerates frost, sun and heat, and low amounts of water during the summer.

Plant Type: Tree
Foliage Character: Winter deciduous
Habit: Upright, Mounding, Low-branching
Growth Rate: Fast
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Pink, White
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Loam, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Frost, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Specimen, Shade Tree, Screening, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Hummingbird plant, Flowering accent plant, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Banks, Background plant, Attracts bees, Attracts butterflies
Height: 20 ft. – 30 ft.
Width: 20 ft. – 30 ft.