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Plants of the UNF Campus

Bauhinia acuminata - Dwarf orchid tree
Family Fabaceae


This attractive shrub from southeast Asia is one of approximately 200 species of Bauhinia. The genus ranges around the world, mostly in the southern hemisphere. The unusual leaf resembles a redbud (Cercis) leaf with a deep notch at the tip. This dwarf orchid tree is among the most cold-hardy of the genus. It grows six to eight feet tall. It is deciduous in winter. Large white, star-shaped flowers are held above the foliage from summer through fall. 


This plant can be seen at Alumni Square and Founders Plaza in the large planter east of Honors Hall.


A shrub that grows to about six to eight feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part shade

Water: moderately drought tolerant when established

Soil: well-drained soil, wide pH tolerance, no special requirements

This shrub grows well in a well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. The white flowers look especially nice in front of a dark background. In north Florida, it may die to the ground in a particularly cold winter and re-emerge in spring. It is difficult to find in local nurseries.

Bauhinia acuminata