BAUHINIA hookeri

Mountain Ebony

SKU: ES -39
Stock: Out Of Stock

Family: Fabaceae
Sub-family: Caesalpinioideae
Characteristics: Tree to 10 metres

Seed per packet: 3
Seed per gram: Approx. 3

$4.25 AUD Excl. GST

Shrub or small tree with a spreading crown that produces attractive 5 white petalled flowers 7.5 cm across with red stamens that are borne in clusters at the end if the branches. 

The non aggressive root system makes an ideal specimen tree, street tree or can be trimmed to and maintained as a shrub.Will tolerate warm temperate climates where it is semi deciduous in winter but prefers tropical conditions and is moderately drought tolerant but frost tender.

Occurs naturally in Queensland

Grow notes:

Seed is usually best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination of this genus is around 25-30°C

Bauhinia seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating, to assist with the update of moisture required for germination the following method is suggested. This is not critical but will generally reduce germination time.

  1. Place the seed in a container and pour in just boiled water and soak overnight.
  2. The swollen seed can then be sown, re-treat seeds that have not swollen.
  3. Sow the depth of seed size.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. The growing medium should be well draining but should remain damp between watering. Keep moist but not too wet as the seed may rot. Do not let the growing mix completely dry out.
  6. Germination should occur in 14-28 days @ 25-30°C

General note: Seeds of many plants are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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