Mexican Orchid Tree

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Mexican Orchid Tree

Bauhinia mexicana
Pata de Cabra
8

12 feet
10

12 feet
Mexico
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Very Low
  • Flowering
  • Hummingbirds

About This Plant

Sun or partial shade. A tropical evergreen; the common name Pata de cabra (Goat’s foot) refers to the sharply cloven leaves. Pinkish-white, ribbonlike blooms appear throughout the warm season. Usually grown as a shrub, Mexican orchid tree can form a small twining tree if sufficiently protected from cold. If it freezes to the ground in winter, it will swiftly return from the roots in spring to regain a shrublike form by summer. Mexican orchid tree attracts swarms of butterflies and hummingbirds to a sunny garden in summer and fall.

Maintenance

None required for a shrublike shape, although extreme cold may kill it back to the ground.

Features

Plant Type:
Large Shrub
Size:
8-12' H, 10-12' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy
Wildlife:
Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Flower Color:
White
Bloom Time:
April, May, June, September
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
Yes
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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