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Bauhinia purpurea (Purple Orchid Tree)

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Life: Perennial, Deciduous

Size: 30-40'

Light: Full Sun

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

Soil: Loamy, Slightly Acidic

A fast-growing tropical legume tree, these beauties produce an explosion of three to five inch orchid-shaped flowers in spring. They come in various shades of magenta, lavender, purplish-blue, and white, and will often begin producing flowers before their first new leaves. The leaves themselves are deep green and double-lobed with a very tropical look. After flowering, they will produce flattened, brown, woody pods up to a foot long. They are very easy to grow, being tollerant of drought and salt spray, and having few to no pests.