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Bauhinia galpinii ~ Red Orchid Bush

Bauhinia galpinii is a perfect sized tree for many suburban gardens. The Red Orchid bush grows to 15 feet tall and can spread to 25 feet. Bauhinia galpinia often grows as a large shrub in harsher climates, or even as an espallier against a wall to collect a little extra warmth for those cold nights. The red flowers of Bauhinia galpinii are produced Summer through Fall. The Red Orchid Bush can be kept as a loose hedge or allowed to grow over a shed. A cold spell that dips into the 20°s F will usually knock off the leaves. Real damage starts to occur if the temperatures dip into the low 20°s F. Bauhinia galpinii does not seem to have issues with the heat of inland valleys even when grown in a reflective environment. The Red Orchid Bush does require a moderate amount of water to keep up with the harsh conditions.

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Bauhinia galpinii, Red Orchid Bush