Desert Willow

Desert Willow
The University Of Arizona Master Gardner Journal 
I am a Desert Willow. I am a tree and my other common names are Desert Catalpa, Flowering Willow, False Willow, or Jano. Don't confuse my name thinking I am a willow, because in fact I am a close relative of a Catalpa Tree. I can be found growing along empherial stream beds and washes. I am a strikingly beautiful plant that usually lives in dry washes, intermittent streams, and other watercourses of the damp canyon lands of deserts and mountain foothills. I can be found between 1,500 and 5,000 feet in elevation throughout much of the southwestern United States and into Mexico. In order for me to live, I prefer full sun but will tolerate partial shade. I am drought-tolerant, which means I only  require the deep infrequent irrigation's that most desert trees need. I can either be a large shrub or small tree growing up to 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide. I am formed with multiple trunks which shows off my graceful appearance. My leaves are sometimes curvy, straight, long or short and can be 5 to 12 inches long. A fun fact is that the Desert Willow's flowers, leaves and bark have all been used in hot poultices and as a soothing tea for coughs. Other known uses were as treatments to guard against yeast infections, athlete's foot and as first aid for scrapes and scratches.

Now lets do something fun!!!!

Hey Kindergarteners- Lets practice what you learned today! Draw a picture of a Desert Willow and write one sentence about it!

Hey First and Second graders- Here is a fun activity: Find 3 pictures online of desert willows and post them into power point. Each of the three slides will have one picture and one sentence describing the willow!

Hey Third Graders- Here is a fun challange! Find 5 different pictures of the desert willow or anything that you have learned about it ( where it lives, what color it is, what it needs to live) and post in power point with two sentences under each picture describing what you posted and why!


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