Bauhinia candida (White orchid)

White Orchid

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Description

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Bauhinia candida (White orchid) is a small tree that reaches 30 feet in height. It has an irregular, vase-shaped crown of moderate density. Furthermore, the slender trunk portrays arching weak branches with distinctive Bauhiana genus bilobate leaves. The green leaves are alternate, simple, broad, and about 4 to 8 inches (20.32 cm) long. While the showy white to gray, fragrant, blooms are 3 to 4 inches (10.16 cm) wide. The blooms appear just before the leaves drop.

Moreover, Bauhinia’s flowers grow along brown seedpods. The 12 inch long seed pods contains several seeds, which persist on the tree for some months.  The flowers attract Hummingbirds and insects. These seeds are necessary for propagation purposes. A cool fact is that the leaves can be used as animal fodder. In addition, in South Asia, the flower buds are pickled and eaten. In cultivation, white orchid tolerates dry, well-drained soils.

Bauhinia candida (White orchid) is a valuable addition to any garden. It is free of serious pests and diseases. Although, the tree does need minor pruning to maintain a uniform shape. Nevertheless, the White Orchid is an outstanding showpiece tree with its lovely blooms and delicate “winglike” leaves. 

It is recommended for the garden as a specimen tree, accent tree, or street tree. White orchid can be used as a shade tree. The orchid tree is also suitable for a large observatory or it can be grown in a large planter. Importantly, the trees do produce a moderate amount of litter.

Other names: Orchid tree, Phanera variegata, Bauhinia variegata candida

Additional information

Gallons

25 gal., 50 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.

Florida Native

No

Origin

India

Flowering Season

Winter-Spring

Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Salt Tolerance

Moderate Salt Tolerance

Flower Color

White

Shape

Wide Canopy

Plant Type

Semi-Evergreen

Common Name

White Orchid