Hong Kong Orchid Tree

by Beverly
(Rowlett TX)

Hong Kong Orchid bloom

Hong Kong Orchid bloom

We moved just recently and a large bush in the yard was identified by the previous owners as a Hong Kong Orchid Tree. It has really grown taller and wider in the past 7 months and just recently began blooming with the most beautiful orchid-like blooms. Early in the morning it is covered with white blooms that look like orchids and by about 1-2 o'clock they have faded and begun to drop. I'm not sure how to prune or feed. Anybody familiar with this?

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Aug 22, 2012
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by: Cable Thompson

Hi Beverly,

This plant is not actually an orchid, despite its common name. "Hong Kong Orchid Tree" is actually a name for Bauhinia × blakeana, a plant which is not actually an orchid, but instead a member of the bean family! Your plant is probably not Bauhinia × blakeana, but another member of the Bauhinia genus.

You can tell the plant is not actually an orchid in a few ways: orchids do not grow as trees; their leaves do not have branched veins; the pistil and stamen of the flower are joined into a single structure called the column; and the flower is always made up of six "tepals", three petals and three sepals. Your plant has five petals, and inconspicuous sepals.

The flowers on your plant are beautiful nevertheless. Alas, I do not have any experience with Bauhinia, so I can't give you any tips on pruning or fertilizing.

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