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Chitalpa X tashkentensis
About This Plant
Full sun. Deciduous, thornless and fast-growing, with a low, spreading canopy and pale pink trumpet flowers from spring through fall. It provides dappled shade for tender garden plants (and gardeners.)
Chitalpa combines the size of Southern Catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides) with the ornamental display of Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis). An odd inter-generic hybrid, it was first produced in Uzbekistan in the 1960s and not introduced to the U.S. until 1997.
Chitalpa’s growth tends to be sloppy rather than stately; some pruning and training helps manage its size and growth habit. It tends to branch very low to the ground. Remove no more than 25% of the canopy during any 5-year cycle.
The leaves may suffer from mildew in heavily irrigated settings.