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Bauhinia purpurea var. alba 30-50cm

Bauhinia purpurea var. alba 30-50cm

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Bauhinia purpurea var. alba, commonly known as the White Orchid Tree or Butterfly Tree, is a stunning flowering tree that belongs to the Fabaceae family. This tropical and subtropical tree is celebrated for its vibrant, orchid-like flowers and lush foliage. Here's a brief description and some cultivation tips for Bauhinia purpurea:

Bauhinia purpurea var. alba is a medium-sized to large deciduous tree that can reach heights of 20 to 40 feet (6 to 12 meters) or more. The most striking feature of this tree is its showy, butterfly-shaped flowers that can be various shades of purple, pink, or white, depending on the variety. Each flower has five rounded petals, resembling the wings of a butterfly, and a contrasting central boss of stamens. These blooms appear in abundance during the spring and summer, creating a visually stunning display. The tree's leaves are large and deeply lobed, resembling a pair of butterfly wings, which gives the plant its common name. After flowering, long, slender pods containing seeds develop.

Cultivation:

  1. Light: Bauhinia purpurea thrives in full sun to partial shade. Ensure it receives at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight each day for optimal flowering.

  2. Temperature: This tree is well-suited for tropical and subtropical climates and is not cold-hardy. It prefers temperatures above freezing and is sensitive to frost. Protect the tree from frost damage by covering it or bringing it indoors during colder periods.

  3. Soil: Plant Bauhinia purpurea in well-draining, loamy soil with good fertility. Amending the soil with organic matter can help improve its quality.

  4. Watering: While the tree is establishing itself, water it regularly to keep the soil consistently moist. Once established, it can tolerate periods of drought but benefits from regular watering during dry spells.

  5. Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the tree to help retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and reduce weed competition.

  6. Pruning: Prune the tree as needed to maintain its shape and remove dead or damaged branches. Pruning can be done after the flowering season to encourage bushier growth.

  7. Fertilization: Feed the tree with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring to promote healthy growth and flowering. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates.

  8. Support: Young Bauhinia purpurea trees may benefit from staking or support to help them establish an upright form.

  9. Propagation: This tree can be propagated from seeds, cuttings, or air layering. Seeds should be scarified (nick the seed coat) and soaked before planting to improve germination.

  10. Pest and Disease Control: Keep an eye out for pests like aphids or caterpillars, which can occasionally affect the tree. Address pest issues promptly and consider using environmentally friendly methods for control.

Bauhinia purpurea is an enchanting ornamental tree that brings a touch of tropical elegance to gardens and landscapes. With its stunning, butterfly-like flowers and relatively easy cultivation requirements, it's a favorite among gardeners looking to add beauty and charm to their outdoor spaces.

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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Plant height: 30-50cm

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