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Hong Kong Orchid Tree

Hong Kong Orchid Tree

Regular price $84.20 USD
Regular price Sale price $84.20 USD
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Plant Type: Plants & Trees
Plant Height: 20-40 feet
Spread: 20-35 feet
Flower Color: deep purple
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


The Hong Kong Orchid Tree, Bauhinia blakeana, is a highly ornamental tree renowned for its striking floral display and architectural form. Native to Hong Kong, this tree is a hybrid species and does not produce viable seeds, making it sterile. It is closely related to other members of the Bauhinia genus, sharing the characteristic butterfly-shaped leaves common to the group.

Growing to about 20 to 40 feet in height with a spread of 20 to 35 feet, the Hong Kong Orchid Tree forms a rounded canopy that provides ample shade. Its leaves are bright green, large, and uniquely shaped, resembling a butterfly or a heart split down the middle. From late fall to early spring, the tree produces large, showy flowers that are deep purple to magenta, each with a striking resemblance to orchids. The blooms are not only visually stunning but also mildly fragrant, adding to the tree's appeal.

Adaptable to a range of soil types, the Hong Kong Orchid Tree prefers well-draining soil and can be grown in full sun to partial shade. While it is moderately drought-tolerant once established, regular watering during dry periods can help maintain its lush appearance and support flowering. The tree is relatively frost-sensitive and thrives in warmer climates or protected locations in cooler areas.

In landscaping, the Hong Kong Orchid Tree is often used as a specimen tree, in medians, along streets, or in public parks and gardens for its decorative flowers and shade-providing canopy. Its moderate size and non-invasive roots make it suitable for residential gardens as well, where it can add color and beauty without overwhelming the space.

Overall, the Hong Kong Orchid Tree is a spectacular addition to any landscape, offering year-round visual interest with its unique foliage and breathtaking blooms. Its ornamental value, coupled with its adaptability to various growing conditions, makes it a popular choice among gardeners and landscape designers seeking to create a tropical or subtropical ambiance.

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