Spring Flowers, Tucson, Part 52: Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis)

These willows are fragrant! This color smells of berry cobbler in old Tupperware. Others flat-out reeks of plastic chemicals. Others with light pink flowers smell like heaven: a complex perfume within what strikes the nose ultimately as freshness itself.

Fun fact: These ‘willows’ are actually of the Tribe Catalpeae, of which there are only two Genera: Chilopsis and Catalpa.

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