Purple Orchid Tree

Bauhinia purpurea

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.
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Full sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationbow-HIN-ee-a pur-PUR-ee-uh
LoreLong flat seed pods that follow the seeds is key to its place in the pea family.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing to 20 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide crown.
Bloom TimeSummer to winter
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Tropical
Growth HabitOval
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseCoastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttracts Hummingbirds, Tolerates Poor Soils, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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).

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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