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Purple Orchid

Bauhinia purpurea

The Purple Orchid, botanical name Bauhinia purpurea is a beautifully structured and blooming tree that offers a unique look to any landscape. Originating from South Asia, Southeast Asia, Southern China, and Japan and admired for its large fragrant blooms. Once established the Purple Orchid tree is drought tolerant making it an excellent tree choice for all of Southern California and the Southwest Region. The Purple Orchid is a fast-growing orchid tree that fits into most landscape sizes. Its slender trunks topped with arching branches are clothed in two-lobed butterfly-shaped leaves.

The Purple Orchid will fill your landscape with color consisting of five-inch wide blooms from September through November and again in late winter to early spring. The Bauhinia pupurea offers a spectacular showy blooming cycle each and every year. Once these are done blooming they are followed by a seed pod that reaches up to 12′ long that are slender, brown and flat that will hang on the tree like ornaments through the winter months. These are a deciduous tree but even when bare the unique branching structure gives this tree a beautiful appearance.

These medium-sized trees offer many landscape uses, shade, privacy and focal being some. Due to their deep-rooted nature, surface roots are rarely an issue and allow the Purple Orchid tree to be planted nearly anywhere. While these trees may look delicate they are best planted in a full sun area.

Tucson Sod Tips: 5 Plants and Trees that Grow Well in Arizona in Fall

Fall is upon us and with it often comes the desire to change up your backyard landscape. If you have Tucson sod growing in your lawn, you can easily alter some areas to add shrubs or trees if you want to do a bit of a fall makeover on your lawn.

If you live in Tucson or Phoenix, you are well aware of the unique climate Arizona has in the fall. What you may not know, however, is what plants and trees grow well during this time of year. To help you out, here is a breakdown of the top 5 plants and trees that grow well in Arizona during the fall.


White Thorn Acacia

This tree does not need much water and has a slow growth rate. It will flower in the spring and summer and produces yellow puff ball flowers. As a bonus, this tree attracts birds.

Palo Blanco

This tree can stand low temperatures and needs little water. It’s known for its striking white, peeling bark.

Anacacho Orchid Tree

This is a small tree and works great on a patio or other small area. The leaves are shaped like butterflies and they do not leave a lot of mess on the ground when they start to die.


This tree can tolerate temperatures dropping down to 20 degrees. They produce beautiful yellow spikey flowers that bloom in the winter.

Canyon Hackberry

This tree can tolerate temperatures dropping down to 0 F. It grows in a sprawling type of manner and produces humble green flowers in the spring.

When planting your trees, try to plant them in an area that gets a lot of sunlight so they grow healthy. You’ll also want to remove your Tucson sod around the tree. About a one foot diameter of mulch and soil is best for tree health.


Mexican Bird of Paradise

This shrub is native to Mexico and produces yellow flowers from spring to fall. This shrub attracts hummingbirds and other types of birds.

Mediterranean Fan Palm

This plant needs moderate amounts of water to survive and can tolerate low temparatures. It has a slow growth rate and blooms cream-colored flowers during the summer.

Desert Willow

The desert willow is most popular for its flowers, which come in trumpet shaped shades of white, pink and purple.

Texas Olive

This shrub works great in any backyard or garden and produces a very pretty white flower. It grows slowly and has a solid trunk.

Feather Bush

This bush works well planted next to backyard pools. It has a lush appearance once full grown and does not need much water to thrive.

If you need any other help or advice on your backyard landscaping and Tucson sod, contact us.

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