Bauhinia 'Candida'/Orchid Tree

Bauhinia 'Candida' / Bauhinia 'Candida'
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Scientific Name: Bauhinia 'Candida'
Common Name: Orchid Tree
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: Blooms repeatedly and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. If grown in zone 8, may be cold damaged. A tropical that is being seen growing farther north than usual because of the warm winters in recent years, but subject to severe injury during even moderate freezes. Growth is fast in warm climates and where other conditions are favorable. Produces a broad spreading tree somewhat similar to mimosa. Produces orchidlike flowers in spring and summer.