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Bauhinia galpinii

Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bauhinia (baw-HIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: galpinii (gal-PIN-ee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Bauhinia punctata

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

15 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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10 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive fudja On Oct 19, 2012, fudja from Jupiter, FL wrote:

This is a wonderful bush,quite large and flashy. The only small draw back is that the bloom laden branches will break from the blossom weight and a small wind will crack them also.

Positive pniksch On Aug 27, 2012, pniksch from Frisco, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have this in a hanging basket, it has a beautiful, woodsy look, sort of reminiscent of a jumbo maidenhair fern. However, mine wont bloom, even though it gets regular flower food..My plant is 2 years old(from seed). Anybody have a solution for this problem? I saw that this is a problem in Athens Greece- I'm in north TX, zone 7b-8a, and over-winter it in a greenhouse.

Positive doniesue43 On Jul 22, 2012, doniesue43 from Pearland, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Have had this plant on the northeast side of my house for at least 10 years. It has frozn back numerous times but always comes back in the spring. Blooms beautifully all summer long and into late fall. A gorgeous small tree in the landscape and carefree other than occassional watering. Have never had any pest problem and the butterflies do love it.

Positive Farang9 On Oct 19, 2011, Farang9 from Phuket
Thailand (Zone 11) wrote:

Here in Thailand this plant requires full sun. I initially planted it in half shade, where it grew but never flowered. Now in full sun it flowers almost continuously, and produces enough seed to share with friends, I grow it as a weeping shrub over a small iron pergola. The seed originally came from Chiltern seed of England.

Positive eliasastro On Aug 20, 2011, eliasastro from Athens
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:

One of the most beautiful Bauhinias, but to flower well it needs some care, as good fertilizing.
As for the growing problem in San Francisco bay area, i think it is due to the cool climate of this area, because there is no real summer there.

Positive rcestill On Jun 15, 2010, rcestill from Cocoa, FL wrote:

Planted in the ground in 1990 - it took two years before it actually started growing and blooming. I cut it back each March and by the end of summer it is 6 ft tall and 12 ft across. The hotter and more humid it is the more it likes it. I get very few seeds from it. It has survived at least fifteen freezes.

Neutral notis On Jul 27, 2009, notis from Athens
Greece wrote:

My Bauhinia doesn't bloom. Has anyone any idea why this happens?

Neutral frostweed On Jan 4, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Orchid Tree, Red Bauhinia, Nasturtium Bauhinia, African Plume, Pride of De Kaap Bauhinia galpinii is Naturalized in Texas and other States.

Positive trois On Sep 21, 2006, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

We did not know this plant was here until today. It has very long lateral branches, is about 7 feet tall, and no evident trunk.
Today we were blessed with a big surprise bloom.
A great looking plant.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 31, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This species requires space, even if it is to be regularly pruned, and is not suitable for the small garden. It does however come into its own in large gardens and estates where it may also form a good barrier plant along fences and boundaries. Certain butterfly larvae, that will eat the leaves and later pupate into beautifully coloured butterflies, favor this species. The long flexible branches of this tree are often used by the local people (in Africa) for weaving baskets and for the construction of roof trusses for their huts.

The seeds germinate easily and are best sown in spring. Soaking the seeds in warm water overnight will speed up germination.

Positive palmbob On Jul 29, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

prolific flowering shrub or vine (can be used to climb on walls, trelaces etc.) with small, bilobed leaves. Flowers fairly simply and a peach-red color.

Positive Indigoez On Jul 26, 2004, Indigoez from Floresville, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I started one of these from seed 4 years ago and now it's huge, around 4 feet tall by at least 6-7 feet wide, and it has survived outside unprotected for the last 2 years. Technically it's in a pot, but it rooted through the drainage holes long ago lol.

A great plant as far as I can say, would make a spectacular hedge if only I had more of them and a lot more space:-)

Negative miket On Jul 2, 2004, miket from San Pablo, CA wrote:

I've had this plant for sometime now. And it's barely gotten over a foot. I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area, zone10 I guess. Has anyone in my area ever been able to grow this successfully? I'm a big fan of the Bauhinia family ever since I saw them in Southern California. Is there something that I'm doing wrong.....

Positive tonyp On Nov 5, 2003, tonyp wrote:

A beautiful, all season plant; generally wider than high. In its homeland South Africa it grows 2.5 to 3 metres tall, and up to 4 metres wide, but generally smaller in the garden.

Easily kept within bounds by pruning (early spring) but better for the larger garden, especially effective on slopes. Has typical Bauhinia "butterfly" leaves, light bright green. From mid-summer through mid-autumn (and often later if weather is mild) it bears a heavy crop of brick-red to orangey orchid-like flowers.

Hardy to at least -7C, and root-hardy below that (unknown), but invariably is deciduous after any frost. Leaves take awhile to come back in spring. A "must-have" for any mild climate garden; it's too large for pots.


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

Chula Vista, California
Dana Point, California
Del Mar, California
Long Beach, California
Upland, California
Vista, California
Cape Coral, Florida
Cocoa, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Mulberry, Florida
North Fort Myers, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Savannah, Georgia
New Orleans, Louisiana
Ladys Island, South Carolina
Cibolo, Texas
Floresville, Texas
Frisco, Texas
Humble, Texas
La Porte, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Pearland, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Spring, Texas

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