Purple Orchid Tree
Purple Orchid Tree
Bauhinia purpureaItem #1160 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
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Outstanding, exotic rich purple blooms are produced over a long period. Spreading branches are covered with light green leaves. Small, semi-deciduous tropical tree provides long-lasting beauty.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing to 20 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide crown.Key Feature:Summer FloweringBlooms:Summer to winterLandscape Uses:
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:bow-HIN-ee-a pur-pu-re-aPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing to 20 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide crown.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Summer to winterFlower color:PurpleFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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).
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.