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Bauhinia yunnanensis

Climbing Chinese Orchid Tree

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Item #: 6944

Zones: 7b to 10b, at least

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 240" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: China

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Bauhinia yunnanensis hails from up to 6,000' elevation in the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan, and Guizhou. The deciduous semi-vining Bauhinia yunnanensis emerges in late spring, producing long willowy branches to 15'-20' long. It's very possible that this will get much larger in warmer climates, so allow plenty of room. Each branch produces short tendrils designed for climbing, so a trellis or nearby sturdy woody plant would make a great display background. Starting in late August and continuing until frost, the branches are adorned with 1.5" wide, pale pink, orchid-like flowers, each highlighted by a purple central streak. We have grown this in the garden since 2004 and found it to be one of only two bauhinia species winter hardy to single digit F temperatures. We originally offered this as Bauhinia bohniana.