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Bubba Desert Willow

Chilopsis linearis 'Bubba'

Mature Height*: 

15-20 ft

Mature Width*: 

12-18 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone Range:

6 to 11

Hardy to: 


Water Requirements: 

Moderate Water, Drought Tolerant

Shade Requirements:

Full Sun

Native to:

Central Mexico, west Texas, southern New Mexico, southern and central Arizona, southern Nevada, California and northern Baja California

Origin and Adaptability:

Discover the fast-growing Chilopsis linearis 'Bubba,' a distinctive hybrid crafted by Civano Growers for the Bubba Line of Desert Willows. Originating from innovative breeding techniques, 'Bubba' showcases adaptability and resilience, thriving in arid landscapes reminiscent of its native regions. This unique hybrid is well-suited for a range of climates, making it an exceptional choice for landscape architects seeking a resilient and visually striking plant.

Architectural Form and Foliage:

Civano's 'Bubba' Desert Willow presents a captivating architectural form with its gracefully cascading branches and lush green foliage. The plant's unique growth habit and elegantly arranged leaves provide landscape architects with a versatile design element. Whether utilized as a standalone focal point, an accent in mixed plantings, or integrated into a lush backdrop, 'Bubba' adds sophistication and exclusivity to any outdoor design.

Floral Display and Growth Speed:

The true allure of 'Bubba' lies in its exquisite flowers, which boast wo-toned burgundy and pink tones, creating a captivating display throughout the warm seasons. This hybrid, exclusive to Civano Growers, exhibits a moderate growth rate, offering landscape architects a perfect balance between prompt establishment and long-term manageability. The vibrant blooms of 'Bubba' contribute to a visually dynamic and vibrant landscape.

Light and Water Requirements:

Thriving under abundant sunlight, Chilopsis linearis 'Bubba' unveils its full potential when exposed to at least six hours of sunlight daily. While adaptable to various light conditions, ample sunlight enhances flowering and highlights the unique patterns of its blossoms. As a drought-tolerant hybrid, 'Bubba' requires consistent watering during the establishment phase, ensuring optimal growth and resilience.

Wildlife Support and Biodiversity:

With origins deeply rooted in the hybridization efforts of Civano Growers, 'Bubba' Desert Willow contributes to local biodiversity by attracting pollinators such as butterflies and bees. Landscape architects can leverage this ecological benefit when crafting outdoor spaces that prioritize supporting native pollinating wildlife. 'Bubba' also demonstrates resistance to browsing by rabbits and deer.

Challenges and Considerations:

While generally low-maintenance, 'Bubba' prompts designers to consider its mature size and growth habit during the planning stages. Leveraging its well-structured growth can contribute to creating visually dynamic landscapes. Regular maintenance practices, such as pruning, can enhance blooming cycles, ensuring a continuous display of its unique and vibrant flowers.

Integration into Landscape Designs:

A special hybrid of Civano Growers, Chilopsis linearis 'Bubba' effortlessly integrates into diverse landscape designs with its exclusive blooms and architectural elegance. Designers can use it to infuse exclusivity into xeriscape gardens, as a stunning focal point in rock gardens, or as a distinctive element in mixed plantings, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of the outdoor space.

Designing with 'Bubba' Desert Willow:

For landscape architects and designers, Chilopsis linearis 'Bubba' provides an exclusive opportunity to incorporate unique flower patterns, wildlife support, and an adaptable essence into their designs. This hybrid, created by Civano Growers, contributes to the creation of visually dynamic and environmentally rich outdoor spaces, reflecting a commitment to innovation and beauty in landscaping.

*Height and width estimated for growth in the Tucson, AZ area. True sizes may vary.

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