Medium sized tree with abundant large fragrant white flowers with lemon-green markings that appear in winter-spring and intermittenly in summer. The tree has a short trunk, spreads branches and is marginally frost hardy.
In tropical climate it is semi-evergreen, in cooler climates it is deciduous, flowering on leafless branches. (info source: toptropicals.com)
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling.
Genus - Bauhinia
Species - Variegata
Common name - White Orchid Tree
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 8 - 11
Height - 10'-20' / 3 - 6 m
Spread - 6'-10' / 1,80 - 3 m
Plant type - Tropical Tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous or semi-evergreen
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral
Soil type - Light (sandy), medium (loamy), heavy (clay)
Water requirements - Average Water, moist
Landscape uses - Extraordinary large white orchid-like blossoms make this tropical tree one of the most beautiful available.
Germination rate - 75%
Bloom season - Spring - Summer
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White / Near White
|Germination||1. Combine 5 parts of coarse sand with 1 part compost and moisten well. Fill a container, with drainage holes in the bottom, to within 1/2 inch of the rim.|
2. Place the Bauhinia seeds in a shallow bowl and pour hot-to-the-touch water over them. Soak the seeds overnight. Pick out swollen seeds and dispose of the rest.
3. Push the seeds, to the same depth as the seed's width, into the planting mix. Firm the soil over the seeds.
4. Place the container on a heat mat set to between 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Bauhinia seeds typically germinate within two weeks.
5. Transplant the seeds into individual containers -- at least 14 inches deep -- when they have their third set of leaves. Bauhinias need adequate room to develop a taproot. Disturb the roots as little as possible when transplanting. (info source: eHow.com)
!!! Watch soil moisture and drainage to avoid rotting the seeds durring germination.