Hong Kong Orchid Tree | Flower Appreciation

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There are over 1600 parks and gardens under the management of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) across Hong Kong. Featuring green canopies and seasonal blooms all year round, such parks and gardens draw crowds of flower viewers taking pictures during flowering seasons. Among an array of flowering plants, some species are in particular popular with visitors. To facilitate members of the public to appreciate flowers in a timely manner, we will make available on this website the information on those beloved species, including Red Leaves, Purple Tabebuia, Cherry Blossoms, Yellow Pui, Camel's Foot Tree, Rhododendron, Lotus Flower, Queen Crape Myrtle and Hong Kong Orchid Tree.

Hong Kong Orchid Tree


Scientific Name : Bauhinia x blakeana

Native to Hong Kong and first discovered in Pok Fu Lam in the 1880s, Hong Kong Orchid Trees are evergreen trees in the family Caesalpiniaceae, with heights up to 10 metres and huge flowers.  Their purplish red flowers with dark purple stripes on upper petals are both impressive and eye-catching.  In Hong Kong, their flowering period is between November and March next year.  The "x" in Bauhinia x blakeana denotes that this species is a crossed hybrid.  Studies suggest that its female and paternal parents are the Purple Camel's Foot (Bauhinia purpurea) and the Camel's Foot Tree (Bauhinia variegata) respectively.

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