Anacacho Orchid Tree | Bauhinia lunarioides

Scientific Name

Bauhinia lunarioides

Common Name

Anacacho Orchid Tree, Anacacho Bauhinia, Orchid Tree, Texas Plume.

Photo of Bauhinia lunarioides.
Tree Description

Bauhinia lunarioides, Anacacho orchid tree, is a small deciduous multi-trunked tree. It has unique foliage, silvery bark and striking white to pink orchid-like flowers that attract wildlife and pollinators. It is an understory tree that prefers partial shade but is heat and drought tolerant.

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Foliage Type
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Water Needs
Low Water
Potential Issues

Susceptible to strong winds. Best placed on South side of a building.

Average performance rating from pre-trial survey of experts
Field Trial Monitoring Results
Fair potential utility as an urban tree based on evaluation of 9 trees, healthy crown, 83% survival, slow growth rate. No signs of pests or diseases found. Some plants have been lost during transplant. Roots may be sensitive and may not tolerate heavy soils/poor drainage.
Propagation Results

We have had decent germination with a fresh seed given a 4 hour hot water soak, and then greenhouse sown. Germination is prolonged and erratic over a year. Seedlings are slow growing and susceptible to scale.