• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering 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 Flowering
    Summer to winter
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:bow-HIN-ee-a pur-pu-re-a
    Plant type:Tree
    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
    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 & Lore
    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.
    Long flat seed pods that follow the seeds is key to its place in the pea family.