Xeric and stylish gardening in San Antonio, Texas

‘Bubba’ blooms…

My two Texas native desert willow trees (Chilopsis linearis ‘Bubba’) are blooming for the first time since planting them in the front garden last fall.  I am in love…

Chilopsis linearis 'Bubba'I love the wispy foliage, I love the dark bark, I love the vibrant flowers, I love it all.



  1. Love those orchid like hot pink blooms. They are fabulous! The wispy green leaves aren’t bad either.

    • You got that right! Thanks Steph :) -xericstyle

  2. The blooms are amazing. I am unfamiliar with this plant so I really appreciate the information; gardening is all about continual learning.

    • I love that aspect the most too, Charlie. Keeps me inspired…always… -xericstyle

  3. Ooooh. I need to check and see if my desert willow is blooming tomorrow. I l love those flowers. It was the first tree I wanted to plant in my yard after moving here.

    • OOOOOOOoooooooooooo please tell, was yours blooming too? The ones around me not so much…I think maybe because mine are still so small they bloomed earlier? Who knows! -xericstyle

      • It isnt. :( Not even a bud. Mine is small too. Only about 4 feet but it bloomed well last summer. My chitalpa has a few open blooms and is full of buds though!

      • Maybe yours is just a little behind mine. It happened so fast over here! -xericstyle

  4. I’m not surprised you love it, it is beautiful. Christina

    • I knew you would love it – even though you are not a pink person either. -xericstyle

  5. Desert Dweller

    Very nice – our desert willows are just leafing out in town, and not even doing that this unsettled spring up by me in the foothills. Enjoying your’s! (the Bubba DW’s installed on a project of mine look so nice, even desert phobes should like them)

    • I love ‘Bubba’ – so bright. How in the world someone could be a desert phobe is beyond me! You? -xericstyle

      • Same with me – a mystery!

        So, are you building something new this weekend, or going to the WF Center garden tour in Austin? I may be coming down, then checking out some possibilities in Austin and SA…

      • Toooooo coooool! I don’t think so on austin as I recently had a surgery and now complications(grrrrrr) so not too into a car trip. But I would love to see you if you come to SA David! If things change by end of week for me I will e-mail you if austin is in the cards. You do the same please :) we are always up for Shiner! I know you like that too :) You are more than welcome to come hang with us, or we can meet up :) -xericstyle

  6. Ima fan of desert willow… it’s on my wish list, along with cistus… while I have the right kind of garden, the humidity here keeps me leery of investing in these cool desert plants.

    • Nice to meet you Stone. :) It is a very pretty tree for sure – I was also a little leery as I read over and over too much moisture will kill it. If you tried it and were willing to lose it…then nothing lost. I see you are in GA – a lot more moisture than here, right? -xericstyle

      • Actually… i’m in the sand hills, and for as long as I’ve been here… drought …
        this year, rain (for now), with that instant sandhill drainage… i dunno… still seems like I should be able to grow desert pretties… except for the humidity.

      • That is a good point – seems reasonable to me. It is fun growing desert plants too, eh? And a whole lot less work too. :) off to google sandhills!!!! heeee! -xericstyle

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