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Products > Plants - Browse By Plant Category > Tree > Bauhinia forficata
 
Bauhinia forficata - White Butterfly Tree

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Fabaceae = Pea Family
Origin: Brazil (South America)
Flower Color: Creamy White
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Height: 25-40 feet
Width: 30-40 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Bauhinia forficata (White Butterfly Tree) - A deciduous tree to 40 feet tall with large heart-shaped dark green leaves and large white orchid-like flowers from late spring through early fall along the coast. Light brown seed pods, that become twisted as they dry, follow the blossoms. The branches carry short, sharp thorns at the joints. Does best in full sun with well-draining soil and with a regular watering schedule. The name " Bauhinia " was a name given this genus by Linaeas to honor the twin brothers Johann and Gaspard Bauhin, who were 16th century Swiss scientists - Johann was a botanist and Gaspard a botanist and physician. Using the name of these identical twin is fitting as Bauhina leaves are composed of two identical lobes.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Bauhinia forficata.
 
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