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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
Can be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeDry conditionsWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowersDeciduousSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

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.

See article about bauhinias.

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