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These seeds were saved from a happy Desert Willow trees in Mantis Planting owner Nisha Maxwell's garden located in the California high desert of Joshua Tree. Desert Willow trees are beautiful trees native to the washes of the Southwestern US. They have deep taproots which can help reduce erosion and sink flood water. They have stunning purple flowers and long thin foliage. Deciduous in the winter, they are a great summer shade option that will let in light in the cold months. They were traditionally used for many medicinal purposes.


To germinate Desert Willow seeds, simply plant them in well-draining soil and keep them consistently moist until they sprout, which typically takes three to four weeks. Once the seedlings have reached a height of six inches, they can be transplanted into their permanent location, where they will thrive in full sun and minimal watering.


  • Plant Type: Native Southwestern Tree
  • Latin Name: Chilopsis linearis
  • Packed For: 2024
  • Days to Maturity: 6 months
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Tree
  • Planting Time: Spring
  • Seed Type: Heirloom
  • Hybrid Status: Open-Pollinated
  • Hardy to Zone: 5
  • Frost Tolerance: Frost tolerant
  • Heat Tolerance: High Heat Tolerant 100+
  • Approximate Weight in Grams: 0.85
  • Sun Needs: Full sun
  • Water Needs: No irrigation needed
  • Planting Instructions: Start in pots, transplant once 6 inches tall
  • Fullgrown Plant Size: 20'+


Image Credit:

"Desert Willow" by desertdutchman is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

"Desert Willow Tree 1" by Almapayokels is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.


Desert Willow Seeds - Native Southwestern Tree

SKU: 25
  • Because we can not ensure that all plant care directions are followed, all purchases are final. 

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