A large tree with an open, spreading crown. This particular hybrid was noticed growing in Hong Kong back in 1880, hence the common name Hong Kong orchid tree. It must be vegetatively propagated as the seeds are sterile.
Two lobed leaves are easily identifiable. They resemble a heart folded in half or even a butterfly. Flowers are extremely showy, purple to pink in color, and are present throughout most of the year.
This tree is a fast-growing nitrogen fixer. It often grows into an irregular form, trimming to maintain a pleasing shape might be required. The Hong Kong Orchid tree drops leaf litter and other debris.
- Container plant
- Nitrogen fixer
- Privacy / screening
- No dangers