Anacacho Orchid Tree

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Anacacho Orchid Tree

Bauhinia lunarioides
White Orchid Tree
8

15 feet
6

15 feet
Southwest Texas and northeastern Mexico
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Flowering
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Hummingbirds

About This Plant

Sun to part shade; partially evergreen if there’s south wall protection. Unique hoof-like leaves and orchid-like flowers appear in spring and periodically throughout the year. These are a pollinator magnet, requiring little to no supplemental water once established. Anacacho is a multi-trunked small specimen tree or a mounding shrub; it performs well in thin, rocky soil.

Maintenance

Remember, pruning is always optional. Don’t overprune young plants to force them into a treelike shape; losing all their lower branches in a single day may result in a severely weakened individual. To maintain a healthy specimen, leave the upper 2/3 of the tree’s height uncut, and never remove more than the lowest third in a single pruning period — for example, on a 12-foot tree, stick to the lowest 4 feet.

Features

Plant Type:
Large Shrub
Size:
8-15' H, 6-15' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Sandy, Thin
Wildlife:
Bees, Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae, Hummingbirds, Pollinators
Flower Color:
White
Bloom Time:
March, April
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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