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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 terrific shade for old-fashioned 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.