Bauhinia orchid lily - Plant
The Orchid Tree grows to approximately 10m tall in warm climate, and 5-6m tall in cooler climate.
It has large, fragrant, pink to purple flowers. The flowers resemble the flowers borne on orchids, which is where the common name originates from, and are absolutely stunning.
Flowers are followed by seed pods of up to 30cm long, which contain several seeds. Leaves are large and shaped like a butterfly. The Orchid Tree is native to Asia, and it is the emblem of Hong Kong.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Bauhinia orchid lily,Purple Orchid Tree,Hong Kong Orchid Tree, Butterfly tree, Pink butterfly tree,Kaniar, Nilattiruvatti, Nilattiruvatti,Og-yok ,Rakta kancha, Devakanchan,Haochokwon, Bauhinia Blackeana, Bauhinia Purpurea, Mountain Ebony,The Indian Orchid, Buhinia orchid Lily,Orchid Tree,Kachnar||Pink to purple.||Late winter to early spring.||6 to 10 feet.||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
|Full sun||Well draining, slightly acidic soil.||In summer, water your tree at least once a week, but in winter, cut back to every four to six weeks and only if it does not rain.||Can withstand drought conditions, but cannot tolerate temperatures below 15Â°F (-9Â°C).||Apply any organic fertilizer.|
- Trim off any unsightly or leggy growth after the blooms fade and, of course, prune out any dead, diseased or broken branches any time of year.
Special features: It does very well in pots, and could be pruned into a hedge or screen.
Ornamental use: It is excellent as a feature tree or in the middle of a lawn as a shade tree. It does very well in pots, and could be pruned into a hedge or screen.