Scientific Name: Bauhinia Purpurea
Extraordinary orchid-like blossoms make this tropical tree one of the most beautiful available. It grows to a medium height and has an open canopy. This semi-evergreen tree loses its leaves in early spring just before it blooms, which really helps the showy flowers stand out. The exotic blossoms are spidery and rich magenta to pink in color. They literally cloak the entire tree creating a spectacular show. The messy fruits that follow are foot-long flat brown pods filled with rounded seeds just smaller than a dime.
-Max. Height: 8 m
-Max. Width: 6 m
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Sunlight: Full to part sun
Water: Low, Moderate
Soil: Clay, Loam, Sand
Flowering Period: Spring
Flower Color: Light Pink, Magenta, Violet
Flower Scent: Fragrant
Fruit Color: Green, Sandy Brown
Country of Origin: India, Viet Nam and southeastern China
Habit: 25-50 years
Gardening Tips: Pruning is needed to develop a strong structure. Use pruning saws and loppers for moderate work, and a chainsaw for heavy work (open Tools & Equipments section).