Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate growing to 20 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide crown.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Summer Flowering
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer to winter
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Botanical Pronunciation:bow-HIN-ee-a pur-pu-re-a
Plant type:Tree
Deciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreen
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 20 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide crown.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer to winter
Flower color:Purple
Flower attributesShowy Flowers
Garden styleAsian/Zen, Tropical
Design IdeasThis tree is stunning in the front yard when in bloom. Large enough to create a mass to separate houses or to shade a sideyard. Use as a single specimen in tropical landscapes and other composition featuring exotic plants. Create a long range focal point.
Companion PlantsThis tropical tree belongs with other bright colored heat lovers such as Royal Cape Plumbago, (Plumbago auriculata 'Monott'), Erin Rachel Hibiscus, (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Erin Rachel'), All Gold Bougainvillea, (Bougainvillea x 'All Gold') and Orange Cape Honeysuckle, (Tecomaria capensis).
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
This plant is grouped into the Leguminosae and subfamily Caesalpinioideae. The genus contains about 300 species spread around the world in tropical and subtropical climates. Its name honors two brothers, John and Caspar Bauhin, noted 16th century European herbalists. The species is native to a huge range from India to the Malay Peninsula. This is one parent species of the Hong Kong Orchid Tree.
Lore:
Long flat seed pods that follow the seeds is key to its place in the pea family.