As a member of the Bignonia Family, the desert willow is NOT related to the Weeping Willow. Though known to be somewhat delicate, it can withstand all the drought and heat Texas summers bring. The leaves are long and narrow, and the purple flowers resemble that of an orchid, blooming throught spring and summer. It bears fruits that resemble a bean pod, containing small, winged seeds. Fun fact, the Native americans used the desert willow wood to make bows and baskets.