10 Phanera purpurea (purple orchid tree) seeds

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Phanera purpurea is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to South China (which includes Hong Kong) and Southeast Asia. Common names include orchid tree, Hong Kong orchid tree, purple bauhinia, camel’s foot, butterfly tree, and Hawaiian orchid tree.


Phanera purpurea is a small to medium-size deciduous tree growing to 17 feet (5.2 m) tall. The leaves are 10–20 centimetres (3.9–7.9 in) long and broad, rounded, and bilobed at the base and apex. The flowers are conspicuous, pink or purple, and fragrant, with five petals. The fruit is a pod 30 centimetres (12 in) long, containing 12 to 16  seeds

The tree grows in Hawaii, coastal California, southern Texas, and southwest Florida.

This is a quick-growing, evergreen, small tree or shrub with rounded wings that are divided like butterflies wings. Plants are native to south China and southeastern Asia and are successfully grown in tropical and subtropical climates around the world. The large striking blooms which closely resemble orchids are formed in clusters and comprised of four spoon-shaped petals spotted with red or purple markings and a fifth which is typically red or purple.

The long, dark pointed seed pods add further late-season interest. Plants are easily propagated from seed and most often reach flowering size in just 1-2 seasons. May require a bit of pruning to maintain a more desirable shape.

Used primarily as a shade tree, specimen planting. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil for best performance; will tolerate some shade. Prune in fall.

Germination occurs in 4-45 days under warm (75-85F), moist conditions. Scarify and soak seed prior to hasten germination. Use of a heat mat to maintain optimum temperatures may be beneficial.
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