214. Desert Willow

The desert willow has magnificent, pink spring blooms. Its large tubular flowers attract insects,

hummingbirds, and bees, and desert willow’s nectar reportedly makes some of the best honey in

the country.

This southwestern tree is not normally grown in the Mid-Atlantic region because it is not adapted

to our climate. However, the tree can survive if protected from extreme cold and given excellent

drainage. The unique microclimate produced by the southern exposure of this outer wall allows

this desert species to grow in our outdoor garden.