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Bauhinia galpinii - Red Orchid Bush

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Caesalpiniaceae (~Fabales)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Synonyms: [Bauhinia punctata]
Height: 8-10 feet
Width: 10-15 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Bauhinia galpinii (Red Orchid Bush) - A semi-deciduous, sprawling, wide-spreading shrub to 10 feet tall by 15 feet wide with deeply-lobed heart-shaped dark green leaves and bright brick-red or salmon-colored blooms appearing in the late summer through early winter. At maturity it can possibly spread up to 25 feet wide, easily kept smaller. Hardy to about 20-25 degrees F. This bauhinia tends to become deciduous in the early spring - it declines as most of the garden begins to perk up. It should be totally re-foliated by mid-summer. Makes a good espalier subject. This plant comes from the savannas of South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. One area where it is known from in northeastern South Africa is called the De Kaap valley and for this reason it has been called Pride of De Kaap, which has been missinterpeted as meaning the plant comes from the Cape province, since Kaap also means "Cape" in Afrikaans but this plant does not naturally grow in the Cape province. The name was given to this genus by Linnaeus 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. The specific epithet is named for Ernest Edward Galpin, a South African botanist and banker who collected extensively in his native land.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Bauhinia galpinii.