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Hong Kong Orchid-Tree
Scientific Name: Bauhinia blakeana Dunn
Synonym:
Family: Fabaceae
Hong Kong Orchid-Tree (Bauhinia  blakeana)
Bauhinia xblakeana, flowers and leaves, Photo by Forest & Kim Starr
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 13,19,21,23
USDA: 9b-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part sun

Origin: Southern China

Growth Habits: Semi-evergreen tree, 20 to 40 feet tall (6-12 m), 20 to 25 feet spread (6-7.5 m); grey-green 2-lobed heart shaped large leaves, six to eight inches wide (15-20 cm), with 8 to 10 veins

Watering Needs: Moderate water, needs good drainage, drought resistant

Propagation: Cuttings, air-layering


Bauhinia x blakeana, habit, Photo by Forest & Kim Starr

Blooming Habits:
Deep magenta flowers, about 6 inches wide (15 cm), 5 - 6 stamens, blooming in winter

Fruiting Habits:
The flowers of the Hong Kong Orchid-Tree are sterile and will not set seed.


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