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Chitalpa

x Chitalpa tashkentensis
Deciduous-Trees

A cross between Southern catalpa and desert willow, chitalpa is a tough, drought-tolerant tree with showy, white or pink flowers.

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
x Chitalpa tashkentensis

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x Chitalpa tashkentensis Plant Information

Classification  
   
Scientific Name: Chitalpa tashkentensis
Common Name: chitalpa
Family: Bignoniaceae
Suggested Uses: parking lot tree, specimen, xeric garden
   
Characteristics  
   
Height: 20 - 30 feet tall
Foliage: alternate, simple, somewhat linear

3 to 5 inches long and up to 1 inch wide
Flower: white or pink
Bloom Period: late Spring - Fall
Fruit: thought to be sterile
Bark: gray and smooth when young, becoming slightly ridged, furrowed, and shaggy with age
   
Environment  
   
Sun: full sun to part shade
Water: drought-tolerant
Soil: can withstand poor soil conditions
USDA Zone: zones 6 - 9
   
Care  
   
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to mildew in the humidity of the Southeastern United States

'Morning Cloud' cultivar is more resistant to powdery mildew
   
Additional Notes: as plant matures, tends to give way to an open, shrubby, loose appearance

cross between Chilopsis linearis x Catalpa bignonioides

cultivars ‘Pink Dawn' (light pink flowers with pale yellow corolla throat), ‘Morning Cloud' (white to pale pink flowers with purple streaks in corolla throat), and ‘Bubba' are popular

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