SelecTree: Tree Detail
PINK DAWN CHITALPA
× Chitalpa tashkentensis 'Pink Dawn'
Photo Locations: LA County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA and San Luis Obispo, CA
Chitalpa is an intergeneric cross between Catalpa bignonioides and Chilopsis linearis. It is an unusual small flowering accent tree, especially useful in riparian or native garden settings, usually multi-trunked or low-branching. It blooms best in full sun, when it receives moderate moisture. It becomes taller in half shade. Its grayish-white bark presents an interesting silhouette in winter with its bare branches. It generally remains below 25' in height.
Additional Common Names
PINK DAWN, CHITALPA
Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Rounded, Spreading or Vase Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 25 - 35 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity 40 to 150 years.
Leaves Lanceolate to Ovate, Bluish Green or Silver or Gray Green, Golden or Yellow or Orange, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Pink. Flowers in Spring, Summer or Fall. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown, Beige or Mostly Green Capsule, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall Wildlife use it.
Bark Light Green, Scaly.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Low out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Flowers and Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 3 - 24.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Aphids, Root Rot and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "× Chitalpa tashkentensis 'Pink Dawn' Tree Record." 1995-2021. Apr 12, 2021.
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