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Bauhinia aureifolia, Gold Leaf Bauhinia, Bai Mai Si Thong

Bauhinia aureifolia

Gold Leaf Bauhinia, Bai Mai Si Thong
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Origin: Thailand
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallVine or creeper plantFull sunModerate waterOrnamental foliageWhite, off-white flowers

B. aureifolia, which was discovered in Thailand in 1983: a beautiful climber that needs full light and good humidity. The cultivated plants range from pure white to dark purple and pink, while the wild ones have often white petals with pinkish patches. This plant prefers dry to intermediate sites in any altitude range from sea level. Delicately fragrant in the evening, blooms May to November at 3-5 years old in any well drained soil with full light. Watch red spider mites and borers. Propagation by seeds from seed cases that have turned brown, also by cuttings and layering. Good branching.

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