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.
See the article about Gold Leaf Bauhinia.
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.
Bauhinia bidentata, native to Thailand, is a vigorous woody vine, or creeper, with attractive bright orange flowers and large heart-shaped foliage. The yellow, orange and crimson blossoms of this plant attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Due to its tropical origins, Bauhinia bidentata thrives in full sun and semi-shade, although young plants should be protected during cold spells. Restrict moderate watering during winter and late autumn. This plant requires moist, well-drained soils.
In warmer climates, Bauhinia bidentata can be grown in the garden. In USDA Zone 10-11 it can reach 30-50 ft high. In colder climates, you can grow Orange Bauhinia in a pot, using a rich, fast-draining planting mix. It is important to keep the container in an area that provides shelter from strong winds, and also to make sure that planting mix is kept moist but not saturated.
Overall, Bauhinia bidentata is an excellent vine to bring a tropical feel to any outdoor space. It is a low maintenance plant with unique orange-colored blooms that you can enjoy all year-round.
Bauhinia bowkeri is widely cultivated due to its attractive foliage and white and off-white flowers which are abundant during warmer weather and attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. It is hardy in the warmer regions of USDA hardiness Zones 9-11 and can be grown as an evergreen in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate climates. It does not tolerate cold, and in areas where the temperature drops below freezing, it should be grown in containers and kept in an area that receives full sun and moderate water during the growing season.
When grown in a pot, Bauhinia bowkeri should be placed in an area that receives full sun. The soil should be kept slightly moist and well-draining, to prevent root rot. During frost and cold temperatures, it should be moved into a warm, sheltered location and covered with a thick blanket to insulate it. The mature plant can tolerate temperatures in the low 30s F for a short time. Also, being grown in a container also helps insulate the roots and protect them from freezing temperatures. It should not receive too much water during cold weather, so as to minimize root damage.
With its large, evergreen shrub and attractive foliage, Bauhinia bowkeri is an excellent addition to tropical, subtropical and warm temperate gardens. It is a low maintenance plant and offers year round color and beauty. The white and off-white flowers attract a wide range of pollinators, from butterflies to hummingbirds, and are a remarkable sight.Ultimately, Bauhinia bowkeri is a low maintenance yet beautiful addition to any garden in a warm climate.
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.
Medium tree with large spreading crown and white flowers, edged in pink and deep pink or red stamens. Bifid leaves are small. Prefers full sun places. Drought tolerant once established. Slow growing when small. Seeds need to soak in several changes of very warm water before planting. Germination takes 14 to 45 days at 85oF (30oC). Makes a good container specimen or bonsai. Due to its small leaves, multi-branching habit and a slow growth rate even a young seedling looks like a miniature tree. Bonsai plants do not require much shaping since this bauhinia naturally shaped as bonsai.