Chilopsis linearis (Desert willow): Some people call these the “orchid of the Southwest.” Look at the photograph and see why.
Designated the official tree of Albuquerque in 1964, Desert Willow is native to dry washes and arroyos below 6,000 feet above sea level, which is exactly where this specimen was encountered. It’s drought tolerant and grows in full sun. Blooming takes place from May until first frost. Not only are they elegant and beautiful, but they offer sweet wafting fragrance that reminds me of pikake jasmine. The scent attracts desirable pollenators. I wish, for you, that you could smell this picture.