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Bauhinia divaricata

Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bauhinia (baw-HIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: divaricata (dy-vair-ih-KAY-tuh) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

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USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Mid Winter


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TrumpetFlowerz On Feb 16, 2013, TrumpetFlowerz from Ft Myers, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Bauhinia davricata grows at a medium pace, does like fertilizer,
and eventually reaches a large size of 30 or more feet. The trunk is grayish, deeply grooved and supports lichens in many cases. The branches knarl and corkscrew in some cases, giving it a very unusual appearance. It will grow vine-like if it is not trained,
and will need some support the first few years of it's life in order to attain a standard shape. The tiny flowers are mixed purple with white, whisp-like and fanning outwards. After flowers die, small bean pods follow. They will turn brown and dry when ripe, only then can you pick the pods for removal of seeds. The leaves are deeply forked, and have the familiar appearance that ascertains all bauhinia, the cow hoof shape.


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

Chandler, Arizona
Cape Coral, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
New Braunfels, Texas

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