Plant Type
Sunlight Amount


Anacacho Orchid Tree

A small-but-mighty tree, anacacho orchid tree is an all-star focal point plant for foundation planting areas or for anchoring a garden bed. Count on its silver-gray bark to provide interest in winter while its fragrant, white or pink, orchidlike flowers steal the show in spring. Select a multi-stem specimen and enjoy the lovely lines of the limbs of this small tree. Don’t have space for a tree in your planting spot? Choose a shrub version of anacacho orchid.

genus name
  • Bauhinia lunarioides
  • Part Sun
  • Sun
plant type
  • Tree
  • 8 to 20 feet
  • 6 to 10 feet
flower color
foliage color
season features
problem solvers
special features
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11

Colors of Anacacho Orchid Tree

Pair anacacho orchid with other low-water plants for an easy-care and water-smart landscape. Some colorful perennial companions for anacacho orchid include yarrow, blanket flower, black-eyed Susan, and penstemon. Count on these perennials to begin blooming shortly after anacacho orchid blooms fade in late spring. These summer-blooming perennials unfurl new blooms through summer when their spent blooms are removed. Great succulent companions include prickly pear, agave, and yucca.

Caring For Anacacho Orchid Tree

Native to lean, fast-draining soils of the southwest United States and Mexico, anacacho orchid is available as a tree, multi-stem tree, and shrub at specialty nurseries. It has a dense, bushy form in its native habitat but with selective pruning can be sculpted into an upright tree with an open, airy habit. Shrub forms of anacacho orchid are equally beautiful and bring the fragrant flowers to eye level.

Plant anacacho orchid in early spring. Choose a planting site with full sun or part shade. Remember, though, plants in full sun will flower more robustly than those growing in part shade. Drainage is important. Select a site with quick-draining soil; anacacho orchid does not grow well in heavy clay. Water the plant regularly during the first growing season to encourage strong root growth. Regular irrigation in dry environments is beneficial and will keep the plant looking its best through extended dry periods. A 2-inch-thick layer of mulch over the root zone will also help conserve soil moisture. Do not fertilize anacacho orchid. Fertilizing causes quick and weak growth and negatively impacts the structure of the tree.

Significant cold periods threaten anacacho orchid. A freeze will often kill branches but will rarely kill the tree or shrub. Expect the size of the plant to be reduced, but a healthy plant will take off and grow again with gusto. In Zone 8, plant anacacho orchid on the south side of a building where it will receive some protection from cold spells and winter winds.


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