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Bauhinia variegata - orchid tree

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Unmissable in full bloom and attractive in leaf, with showy pink orchid-like flowers and leaves shaped like a butterfly wing. This tropical tree has a short trunk, spreading branches and is marginally frost hardy when mature. In tropical climates it is semi-evergreen, in cooler climates it is deciduous, flowering on leafless branches.

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Bauhinia variegata - orchid tree
DESCRIPTION: Unmissable in full bloom and attractive in leaf. The softly-scented orchid-like flowers have tapering petals in shades of hot pink. The grey-green leaves are symmetrical in two parts like a butterfly wing. The tree has a short trunk, spreading branches and is marginally frost hardy. In tropical climates it is semi-evergreen, in cooler climates it is deciduous, flowering on leafless branches.
USE IN: Ideal used as a shade tree in medium to large gardens; street tree; feature tree.
LOCATION: Plant in a full sun/part shade position in the garden in well drained soil.
CARE: Easily maintained with average water needs. Protect from strong wind, not suited to coastal planting. Prune after flowering if you need to reduce the size.
HEIGHT AND WIDTH: 6-10m H x 6m W.
PLEASE NOTE: These are tube-stock plants, with the benefit of being a young plant they will establish quickly in your garden. The average size of your plants will be 15 -25 cm in height including the pot height of 80 mm x 42 mm wide.

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