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Bauhinia purpurea

Bauhinia purpurea

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Product Description

Bauhinia purpurea, commonly known as Purple Orchid Tree or Butterfly Tree, is a beautiful flowering tree belonging to the Fabaceae family. This tropical and subtropical tree is admired for its stunning, orchid-like blossoms and elegant, butterfly-shaped leaves.

Purple Orchid Tree, Bauhinia purpurea, is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree that typically reaches heights of 15 to 30 feet (4.5 to 9 meters). It boasts distinctive, bi-lobed leaves that resemble the wings of a butterfly or a pair of hooves, depending on the perspective. The tree's leaves are deep green, providing an attractive backdrop to its vibrant flowers. The true highlight of Bauhinia purpurea is its striking orchid-like blossoms, which can be found in various shades of pink, magenta, or purplish-red, depending on the cultivar. These showy flowers are typically produced in clusters and create a stunning visual display during the flowering season.


  1. Climate: Purple Orchid Tree thrives in tropical and subtropical climates. It is sensitive to frost and prefers temperatures above 40°F (4°C). Protect it from freezing temperatures.

  2. Sunlight: Plant Bauhinia purpurea in a location that receives full sun for the majority of the day. It requires plenty of sunlight to encourage abundant flowering.

  3. Soil: Ensure well-draining, loamy soil with good organic content. This tree can tolerate a variety of soil types, as long as they provide good drainage.

  4. Watering: Water the tree regularly, especially during the growing season. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Reduce watering in the winter when the tree is dormant.

  5. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the tree to retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds. Ensure the mulch doesn't touch the trunk.

  6. Fertilization: Feed Bauhinia purpurea with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring to promote healthy growth and flowering. Follow the recommended application rates on the fertilizer label.

  7. Pruning: Prune as needed to maintain the desired shape, remove dead or overgrown branches, and improve air circulation. Light pruning after flowering can help maintain a neat appearance.

  8. Pests and Diseases: While generally pest-resistant, this tree may occasionally be affected by aphids or scale insects. Monitor the tree for any signs of infestation and treat as needed. Ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases.

  9. Propagation: Bauhinia purpurea can be propagated from seeds or hardwood cuttings. Seeds should be scarified or soaked before sowing to improve germination rates.

Bauhinia purpurea is a captivating flowering tree that adds a touch of exotic beauty to gardens and landscapes. With the right care and attention to its specific requirements, this tree can thrive and become a focal point in your outdoor space, delighting with its stunning blossoms during the flowering season.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that picture 1 show adult plant not for sale, the offer is for a plant in the dimension indicated in title description.

Please be aware that most plants change across seasons. For example, some of them will naturally lose leaves or change in colour during colder months. Do not hesitate to contact us for further informations about the plants of your interest.


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