General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 4 to 8 feet
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: pod containing 4 to 6 seeds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Flowering Tree
Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Orchid Tree
  • Bauhinia

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Flora de Filipinas Francisco Manuel Blanco (O.S.A.) 1880

Date: 2012-05-17
Photo courtesy of: MLW-2013

Date: 2012-08-22
Photo: Joydeep / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0
Location: Bhadrachalam, Khammam district
Date: 2012-11-23
Photo courtesy of: Adityamadhav83
Location: Madhurawada, Visakhapatnam
Date: 2013-04-07
Photo courtesy of: Adityamadhav83

Date: 2014-01-10
"Bauhinia acuminata at Kadavoor" © 2010 Jeevan Jose, Kerala, Ind

Date: 2014-07-19
Photo courtesy of:  Joydeep
Location: Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Date: 2007-07-19
Photo courtesy of:  J.M.Garg
Location: 2 weeks old. Photographed at Burdwan, West Bengal, India.
Date: 2014-04-20
Photo courtesy of: Joydeep

credit: Prenn

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