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Bauhinia tomentosa, Yellow Orchid Tree, Yellow Bell Bauhinia, St. Thomas Tree

Bauhinia tomentosa

Yellow Orchid Tree, Yellow Bell Bauhinia, St. Thomas Tree
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Origin: East Asia
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapCan be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeDry conditionsWhite, off-white flowersYellow, orange flowersDeciduous plant

Not fussy about soil. Pale yellow flowers facing downward. Nice specimen tree for the small yard. The bell-shaped yellow flowers have a black marking in the throat and may turn pinkish with age. Leaves smell like burned rubber when rubbed. This vigorous shrub or small tree is suitable for a mixed border or rockery. Plant in well-drained soil. Protect young plants from frost. Prune to keep in shape. A food supplement - Kachnar - is made out of this plant as a gargle for sore throats, as a paste for skin diseases, or internally as a remedy for diarrhea.

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Bauhinia x tomentosa var. Natalie - Natal Orchid Tree

RARE COLLECTIBLE VARIETY, the very first offering of a new Top Tropicals introduction! This is a distinct form of B. tomentosa, originating from a tree in a garden in Natal, South Africa. Its distinction is due to having smaller leaves, larger flowers turning from yellow to purple as they mature, sometimes with 2 black spots in the center! Much more naturally intricately branching habit than the typical form. Especially good for containers and small gardens because of its more compact form. Flowering typically begins in May and continues through November, into December. An especially wonderful form of an already wonderful little tree. Drought tolerant, prefers dry sites.

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