Bloom Day August 2013: Chitalpa

I confess I took these photos a couple weeks ago, and since I’m away on vacation right now I can’t confirm that they are actually flowering today. But reading that they that they have a long bloom period over several months in the summer, chances are good they are still flowering away now.

Chitalpa, x Chitalpa tashkentensis, is a cross between two species in the same family, Bignoniaceae: catalpa, Catalpa bignonoides and desert willow, Chilopsis linearis.

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From catalpa, this tree has larger leaves, and from the chilopsis, heat and drought tolerance.

For a while I couldn’t decide if I wanted to feature this for bloom day because I think the foliage is very attractive too.

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As always, don’t forget to see what else is featured for Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden.

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Here are the details on Chitalpa:

  • Fast growing broadleaved deciduous tree, 20 to 35 feet.
  • Lengthy bloom period, but without the messy fruit pods associated with either parent species.
  • Drought tolerant, prefers sun to partial shade
  • USDA zones 6 to 10
  • Two cultivars available, ‘Pink Dawn’ and ‘Morning Cloud.’
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2 Responses to Bloom Day August 2013: Chitalpa

  1. I just noticed you’ve put the address of the tree in the tags, brilliant! I was going to ask if this beauty was in your parking strip but reading the location I think not.

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