Mantharai

  • Scientific name: Bauhinia purpurea (purple)/ B.acuminate(White)

 

  • Place of origin: India.

 

  • Description: Bauhinia trees typically reach heights of 6–12 m, and their branches spread 3–6 m outwards. The lobed leaves usually are 10–15 cm across. and resemble the camel’s hoof. Long pods are delicious food for parrots and other birds. Bauhinia flowers are usually in magenta, mauve, pink or white hues with crimson highlights. The five-petaled flowers are 7.5–12.5 cm diameter and are often fragrant. The tree begins flowering in late winter and often continues to flower into early summer. 

 

  • Grow best: Bright sunlight in moist soil; everyday watering in summer.
     

 

  • Use: Beautiful ornamental and shady tree for landscaping in  parks.