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Orchid Tree
Scientific Name: Bauhinia monandra Kurz
Family: Fabaceae
Orchid Tree (Bauhinia  monandra) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10b-12

Frost Tolerance: Semi tender in Phoenix, needs some protection

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Probably Madagascar

Growth Habits: Deciduous shrub in Phoenix, to 20 feet (6 m)

Watering Needs: Moderate water

Propagation: Easy by seeds

Bauhinias were named in honor of the brothers Bauhin, Swiss botanists of the 16th-17th century. Their characteristic twin lobed leaves give them a definite tropical look. The species name 'monandra' refers to the fact that they have only one stamen.

Cultural Practices:
Bauhinias should be fertilized at least once a year. They are sensitive to chlorosis, treat with iron chelate. Although not generally necessary, they can be pruned after flowering.

Blooming Habits:
Blooms in winter to early spring. The blossom is spectacular, the tree is covered of flowers looking like orchids. The flowers ares followed by pods maturing in the fall.

Fruiting Habits:

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