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Semi-deciduous large shrub or small tree with white butterfly-like flowers, everblooming (Flower season: Spring through fall). Drought tolerant. Bauhinia acuminata is very sensitive to cold wind. Pea shaped pod with 4 to 6 seeds. See article about this plant.
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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Unusual vining bauhinia with large leaves and white large flowers. Tropical plant, very cold sensitive. Needs support. The plant grows as a large woody vine.
Vigorous woody vine with large leaves and bright orange flowers, rare color for bauhinia. The plant can tolerate light freeze once established, however young plants must be kept in frost-free environment or protected.
The most beautiful orchid tree. The tree was originally described as a new species in 1908 after being discovered on the near Hong Kong around 1880 and was named after a Hong Kong governor Sir Henry Blake who had a strong interest in botany. The tree is of medium size with alternate large heart shaped leaves. Large deep-purple flowers appears from January to May. The beautiful display of slightly fragrant orchid-like blooms makes the tree so desirable for the landscape. The flowers attract butterflies and bees. The species is believed to be sterile and will not set seed so the plant will not drop long pods as other orchid trees do. The flower of Bauhinia blakeana was adopted as the emblem of Hong Kong in 1965.
Bauhinia bowkeri is a much-branched, scrambling, woody shrub with a graceful arching habit that can reach a height of 5-6 m. The bark is greyish-brown. The leaves, like all South African bauhinias, are distinctively butterfly-like and consist of two rounded, nearly semi-circular lobes fused along the inner margins as if on a hinge.
Bauhinia bowkeri is a rare endemic of the thicket or valley bushveld region in the Eastern Cape. The soil is fertile and the climate is hot. Frost is rare, but mild if it does occur. Rainfall is mainly during the warmer summer months, ranging between 800 - 1250 mm per annum, and winters are dry.
Pretty, evergreen vine climbing by tendrils w/ dainty, bilobed leaves and clusters of lavender-pink, orchid-like flowers over long spring-fall season, displayed for a long period. It's a delicate, small-leaved but vigorous viner, adaptable to sun or light shade, and tolerates drought and light frost (zone 9). It has the characteristic Bauhinia butterfly leaves. A fine texture vine.
A beautiful, small tree with small pink and white flowers. Ideal for spaces where they can be observed and appreciated up close.
Bauhinia forficata produces large, drooping white flowers and a brown seed pod resembling that of Mimosa.
The indigenous uses of Bauhinia forficata are not well documented, but it has long held a place in Brazilian herbal medicine to help balance blood sugar levels and to alleviate other symptoms of diabetes.