Anacacho Orchid Tree

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Anacacho Orchid Tree

Bauhinia lunarioides
Orchid Tree, Pata de vaca
8

15 feet
6

15 feet
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Deer Resistant
  • Flowering
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Hummingbirds

About This Plant

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

Maintenance

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 specimen.) To maintain a healthy tree, 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:
Pink, White
Bloom Time:
March, April
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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