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Bauhinia alba, 13 seeds
A beautiful medium size tree from the tropical world, the romantically linked Bauhinia alba is attractive with and without blooms. Evergreen in its native country but semi-deciduous here in California, the unique, emerald-green heart-shaped leaves are at once remiscent of kidneys, or of butterflies, depending on your imagination, :-). Blooming is from spring onwards, and the fragrant, white ruffled flowers with green throat and long stamens are simply exquisite. These orchid-looking blooms are said to bestow love upon the beholder, hence one of its common names is Love Tree. Fairly drought-tolerant once established, it is also pretty much pest-resistant. Can be trained into a wonderful bonsai with hard-pruning. Hardy from zone 8 onwards. 15 feet tall, 10 feet wide. Full sun to part shade. Well-drained soil. Moderate watering. Fresh seeds, harvested 08/2015.