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Beginner Gardening: Orchid tree

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Starkville, MS
(Zone 8a)

December 8, 2013
9:53 AM

Post #9723893

I was gifted an "orchid tree" Bauhinia spp. last spring. It was approximately 6" tall. It is now 4' tall and on my porch. It has always been potted. This tree is tropical and won't take heavy frosts/freezes. It appears that these trees get 30-50' tall and as wide. Since will always have to move it inside during the fall/winter months, I have to keep it within 7' tall/wide.

I assume I can trim the central stem and branches in the winter, before it puts out new growth in the spring. Will the tree ever bloom if cut back? I know this tree is found extensively in Florida, and is even considered an invasive plant in some areas. Perhaps you sub-tropical folks can tell me what to expect with this tree. IF it will never bloom, I really have no use for it and will simply dispose of it.


mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 19, 2013
6:02 PM

Post #9730903

i believe it will be fine with a yearly trimming and it should still bloom. i've seen them cut almost to ground level and still grow and bloom the same year.
Geronimo, TX

December 22, 2013
12:24 PM

Post #9732479

My anacacho orchid tree (Bauhinia lunarioides) blooms on new wood.

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