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Dec 03

Favorite Trees of Parks - Tamien Park

Posted on December 3, 2018 at 8:59 AM by Colin Heyne

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Our favorite San 
José park tree is Chilopsis linearis, or desert sillow located at Tamien Park in Council District 3. This species is a California native and is a great choice for a drought-tolerant small-canopy tree. Its willow-like, long, narrow leaves and growth along desert washes gives the desert willow its name. The flowers come in a range of colors from pink to lavender to white and cover the canopy from May through September or until frost.

This tree is very easy to grow and looks good with minimal maintenance. The desert sillow grows at the rate of two to three feet per year and will generally max out at 20 to 25 feet, although some larger specimens have been recorded. If you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden this tree is an excellent addition, as they will live in it for most of the summer. This is a sturdy and reliable species to add into any local 
landscape. You can read more about this tree at the Cal Poly SelecTree website.