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Bauhinia blakeana (Hong Kong Orchid) tree was first observed in Hong Kong, in the1880’s. It is uncertain whether Bauhinia is a natural hybrid. Also, the parent species of Bauhinia are not entirely known. Nevertheless, the tree is sterile and produces no fruits or seedpods. Understandably, one can only propagate the Bauhinia by grafting, cuttings, or air-layering. The Bauhinia hybrid grows up to 30 feet in height and has a spread of 25 feet. Also, the crown is dense, round, and somewhat irregular in shape. The tree has smooth gray bark, with brittle branches.
Furthermore, the leaves are of the bauhinia genus – beautiful, simple, “butterfly-like”, and bilobate in shape. Additionally, the alternate leaves measure about 3 to 4 inches (10.16 cm) by 4 to 5 inches long(12.7 cm). The glossy, light green leaves are borne on the branch’s ends. Also, the large, showy, pink to purple flowers are funnel form. The fragrant flowers measure 5 to 6 inches wide! Thus, Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers.
Like all Bauhinia trees, Bauhinia blakeana (Hong Kong Orchid) ideal as an ornamental tree. It has value as a specimen, or street parking lot tree as well. Install Bauhinia in your lawn, or the patio. Alternatively, keep it in a large planter or in a large conservatory. Due to the fact, that it has no litter from seed pods, it is more desirable than other Bauhinias. Overall, Bauhinia is a great addition to your South Florida Garden!
Other names: Bauhinia x blakeana (Hong Kong Orchid)