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Bauhinia galpinii (Orchid tree, Bauhinia)

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Plant description

bauhinia galpinii red orchid tree 1207

bauhinia galpinii orchid tree 1207

Bauhinia galpinii, the red orchid tree, is a sprawling, large shrub to small tree. It is an easy care plant. It flowers over a long period, from late spring to autumn, and the bright orange-red flowers are attractive to nectar loving birds and to butterflies, bees and insects. It makes a good informal hedging plant or specimen plant, and can also be grown in a large container for some years. If grown next to a support, the growth can become twining and climbing, making it good for training as an espalier if required.

Bauhinia is moderately frost and drought tolerant once established. Responds well to pruning. Best in a sunny position. Can be grown on a wide range of soil types, performs best on a moist well drained soil.

Further reading: Australian Native Orchids (an article written by native plant expert Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: red
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 7 metres
Minimum height: 4 metres

Maximum width: 7 metres
Minimum width: 4 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds, butterflies, bees, insects, possums.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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