A medium-sized tree with abundant large fragrant white flowers with lemon-green markings that appear in winter-spring and intermittently in summer. The tree has a short trunk, spreads branches, and is marginally frost-hardy.
In tropical climates it is semi-evergreen, in cooler climates it is deciduous, flowering on leafless branches. The plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling. Prefers fertile, moisture-retentive but well-drained soil, requiring a warm sheltered position in full sun.
When grown in warm Temperate zones, this species can withstand short periods of temperatures as low as -5Â°c. In Britain, it is only likely to succeed outdoors in the very mildest parts of the country, and even then would probably require the protection of a south-facing wall. There are some cultivars, developed for their ornamental value.
Genus - Bauhinia Species - Variegata Variety - alba Common name - White Orchid Tree Other names - Bauhinia candida, White Mountain Ebony, Bauhinia variegata var. candida Pre-Treatment - Not-required Hardiness zones - 8 - 11 Height - 10'-20' / 3 - 6(10) m Spread - 6'-10' / 1,80 - 3 m Plant type - Tropical Tree Vegetation type - Deciduous or semi-evergreen Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun Growth rate - Fast Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral Soil type - Light (sandy), medium (loamy), heavy (clay) Water requirements - Average Water, moist Landscape uses - Extraordinary large white orchid-like blossoms make this tropical tree one of the most beautiful available. Leaf / Flower color - Green / White / Near White Plant growth rate - Fast