Scientific Name: Bauhinia variegata L.
Synonym: Bauhinia chinensis
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Frost Tolerance: Hardy in Phoenix (to 22 °F, -6 ° C)
Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
Origin: India, China
Growth Habits: Deciduous to semi-evergreen tree, to 30 feet tall (9 m); grey-green 2-lobed heart shaped large leaves, with 11 to 13 veins
Watering Needs: Moderate water
Propagation: Easy by seeds
Bauhinias were named in honor of the brothers Bauhin, Swiss botanists of the 16th-17th century. Their characteristic twin lobed leaves give them a definite tropical look. 'Candida' is a white variety.
Bauhinias should be fertilized at least once a year. They are sensitive to chlorosis, treat with iron chelate.
Blooms in winter to early spring (March to mid April in Phoenix). The blossom is spectacular, the tree is covered of flowers looking like orchids. The flowers ares followed by pods maturing rapidly. The pods open violently when they are ripe, spreading the seeds around.