Anacacho Orchid Tree

Bauhinia lunarioides

Orchid Tree, Pata de vaca

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

Origins: Southwest Texas and northeastern Mexico


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.

A tough ornamental tree or shrub, native to Southwest Texas and Mexico.

Min. Height: 8'

Max Height: 15 feet'

Min. Width: 6'

Max Width: 15 feet'

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