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Purple Orchid Tree

Bauhinia purpurea

Pronunciation: bow-HIN-ee-a pur-PUR-ee-uh
SKU #01160

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Description 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.
Light Full sun
Watering Water deeply when soil is dry.
Blooms Summer to winter
Mature Size Moderate growing to 20 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide crown.
Deciduous/Evergreen Semi-Evergreen
Special Features Attracts Hummingbirds, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Oval
Flower Attributes Showy Flowers
Design Ideas This 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.
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants This 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 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.
Lore Long flat seed pods that follow the seeds is key to its place in the pea family.

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