A deciduous shrub or tree growing 20 to 30 feet. It is known for its strong trunk; has a scaly bark dark brown in color with twigs that are hairy and sticky. The flowers are similar to an orchid, white with purple to pink throats blooming April to August. Fruit matures in autumn, and remains on the tree until spring which contain tan seeds with dual hair wings. Grows in desert washes and creeks, stream banks and drainages, preferring full sun and well drained soils making it drought tolerant. Common along the Southwest boarder between the United States and Mexico.