EL NIÑO™ Desert Orchid

Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 5-8' Width/Spread: 4-6'

A completely new plant! El Niño desert orchid is a hybrid between a desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) and catalpa (Catalpa sp.), both of which have passed on some really neat characteristics to this remarkable new plant. It’s ready to move into your garden and brave poor soils, dry heat, and even deer to deliver deliciously fragrant orchid-like flowers to your space.

Why grow El Niño desert orchid?
– Fabulous garden performance with its heat tolerance and deer resistance
– Deliciously fragrant and delicate flowers
– Long bloom time


Light: Thrives in a spot that is situated in direct sunlight for a minimum of four hours and up to all-day exposure.

Soil: Prefers well-draining soil.

Water: Average water needs.

Fertilizing: Not needed. Enjoys growing in poor soil.

Pruning: If pruning is desired, do so in the early spring.

Other: It can be grown as a shrub or a small tree. Shape accordingly.

Botanical Name

Chitalpa 'NCXC1' PPAF


6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Well-drained

Season of Interest

Late Spring


Borders, Screening, Specimen


Deer resistant, Fragrant, Heat tolerant, Long blooming, Tree

Blooms on

Old and new wood

Plant Type: 
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