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Bauhinia galpinii (Red Orchid Bush)

Life: Perennial

Size: 10' tall, 15-25' wide

Light: Full Sun

Water: Average, Well-Drained, Fairly Drought Tollerant Once Established

Soil: Rich, Acidic

From Africa comes this large shrub that may behave more like a climber if left wild, but, if lightly pruned in early spring, may be shaped into a small tree or very large bush. It may also be encouraged to climb a trellis, pergola, or other garden structure. Either way, it will be covered from midsummer to late autumn with 3" orchid-shaped flowers in shades from coral to brick-red that will attract butterflies. Winter frosts will send it into a deciduous dormancy, and it may not fully leaf out until midsummer, but it will be hardy down to 20-25°F.