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PlantFiles: Orchid Tree
Bauhinia brachycarpa

Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bauhinia (baw-HIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: brachycarpa (brak-ee-KAR-puh) (Info)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

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Soil pH requirements:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bepah On Jul 4, 2012, bepah from Brentwood, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Obtained this small tree from a nursery where it was being abused. Repotted and pruned crossing branches. Dual lobed leaves on graceful twigs twigs vibrate in the breeze like a Quaking Aspen, but much smaller. It should flower in the late summer if the repotting is successful; it has put out new leaves and has stopped shedding old ones. Photo soon.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brentwood, California

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