Bauhinia tomentosa

Water Needs

moderate; low

Bauhinia tomentosa
Shrub medium
Yellow Bell Bauhinia

4 x 3 m

Size

Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade

Frost

light; moderate; hardy

Flowers

yellow November to April; spring summer autumn

sun; afternoon sun; semi-shade; container; screen; wildlife; small area trees; shrubbery; wildlife bees insects butterflies birds butterfly host; narrow spaces;

Garden Situation

Habitat

coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn; rocky places; bushveld; grassland;

Region

thicket; highveld; Subtropical East Coast; bushveld savanna

Rain Season

summer

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Description

Large yellow flowers adorn the Yellow Bell Bauhinia from November through to April. The growth form is airy and drooping and flowers are conspicuous against the small, bright green leaves. Typical size is 4 x 3 m in a garden and it makes a beautiful addition to a mixed screen. Flowers attract pollinating insects, like the CMR-beetles and the Orange-Barred Playboy butterflies. Insectivorous, nectar and seed eaters will visit, like Louries, Barthroated Apalis, Cape White-eye, Crested and Blackcollared Barbets, and Red-capped Robin-chat, (Natal Robin). Grey Louries eats the flowers. Natural distribution range is Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga where it grows on forest edges, in woodland, bushveld, in scrub on rocky slopes and is common in coastal dune bush

Bauhinia tomentosa
Bauhinia tomentosa