Orchid Tree (Bauhinia purpurea)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 20 to 35 feet
Plant Spread: 20 to 35 feet
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Other: 6 to 12 inch long pods
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Pink
Purple
White
Bloom Size: 4"-5"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Shade Tree
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
aka Purple Orchid Tree

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Location: Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville, Tx Date: 2015-02-05
By Ivan_N_Tx
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Location: Tampa FL
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Location: Tampa FL
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Date: 2013-12-18Photo courtesy of: MLW-2013
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Location: Bauhinia light purple(Bauhinia purpurea) from Kanhangad, KasargodDate: 2011-10-17Photo courtesy of: Vaikoovery
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Location: Sona or Karali Bauhinia purpurea in Hyderabad, IndiaDate: 2008-12-19Photo courtesy of: J.M.Garg
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Location: Mom gardenDate: 2019-02-19
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Location: A herbal Garden in Forest Extension Center, Sithar Koyil, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India.Date: 2012-01-04Photo courtesy of: Thamizhpparithi Maari
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Location: Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden (Chiang Mai Province, Thailand)Date: 2011-03-09Photo courtesy of: Raffi Kojian
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Date: 2013-12-18Photo courtesy of: MLW-2013
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Location: VUDA Park in VisakhapatnamDate: 2012-12-14Photo courtesy of:  Adityamadhav83
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Location: Kaniar, Butterfly tree, Germanium tree, Orchid tree, Sona or Karali Bauhinia purpurea in Hyderabad, IndiaDate: 2008-12-19Photo courtesy of:  J.M.Garg
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Location: Hyderabad, IndiaDate: 2008-11-15Image by J M Garg;  GFDL via wikimedia commons.
By greene
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piksihk On February 19, 2019 Cuttings stuck
two cuttings from mom's tree
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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What else do we grow in 2019! Thread 2 by drdawg Dec 10, 2019 10:56 AM 1,188
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