Bauhinia Orchid Lily (White) - Plant

This tree is the official floral emblem of Hong Kong and it is widely cultivated in tropical regions.

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Bauhinia orchid lily (White) Plant

Description for Bauhinia orchid lily (White)

Plant height: 15 - 23 inches (38 - 59 cm)
Plant spread: 4 - 8 inches (10 - 21 cm)

The Orchid Tree grows to approximately 10 m tall in warm climate, and 5 to 6 m tall in cooler climate. It has large, fragrant, white 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 or hoof of cow. The Orchid Tree is native to Asia, and it is the emblem of Hong Kong.

Common name(s): Dwarf White orchid tree, Dwarf white bauhinia, Butterfly tree, white butterfly tree, White bauhinia, White butterfly tree, White orchid tree, Kaniar, Kachnar, Kanchan
Flower colours: White
Bloom time: Spring
Max reachable height: 2 to 3 m
Difficulty to grow: Easy to grow

Planting and care

Sunlight: Full sun
Soil: Well draining, slightly acidic soil
Water: 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.
Temperature: 25 to 40 degrees C
Fertilizer: Use any organic fertilizer.

Caring for Bauhinia orchid lily

    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.

Typical uses of Bauhinia orchid lily

Special features:

Culinary use: NA

Ornamental use: It is an 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.

Medicinal use: NA

References

  • https://lushplants.com.au/all-online-plants-for-sale/all-online-plants-for-sale/purple-orchid-tree-bauhinia-variegata
  • http://www.indiaplants.com/plant-details.php?x=URDhiAYeJlM=
  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Dwarf%20White%20Orchid%20Tree.html
  • http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/orchid-tree/growing-orchid-trees.htm