The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 5, 1976 · Page 93
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 93

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 5, 1976
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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 5, 1976 F9 v ' ;. v , : - . ' x ' - - ' eg B JlJUD hi pi . HfiiH A Twelve Oaks ... A private low rise condominium community situated on 24 acres of lakefront property in North .Palm Beach. Each residence is surrounded by pines, palms, and ancient oaks. Every apartment has been thoughtfully designed to include covered screened terraces, large electric kitchens, wet bars, utility rooms and spacious walk-in closets. 24 hour security, pool, tennis courts and a proposed marina are just a few of the features of this lake-front community. One, two and three bedrooms are available. East of US-1, off PGA Boulevard. Tel. 305-626-3070 EXCLUSIVE SALES ACENTt J. R. MATH & CO., INC. I5S4 STATE RD. 703, N. PALM BCH. SOLD this three-bedroom, two.hath hnma with nnnl anrl ns for $64,000. Rose Coughlin of Realtek Real Estate coordinated the transaction. tio located at 101 Fairview East in Tequesta was sold recently Orchids Grow On Trees "W tl)KiteiirtItoficii flffitite imsssai m all! sm miDjisii mm 3ffii limns iiEe 8im& ifli!ie i limit gamins By DeARMAND HULL Extension Agnt - Ornmntali Palm Btich County Q My neighbor has a lovely small tree in bloom called an orchid tree. What tree is this and is it easy to grow? A The common names applied to the Bauhinia are descriptive of either the flower or the leaf. The name commonly used is "Orchid tree" or "Orchid Flower," because of the resemblance of the flower to a true orchid. , , Leaves are simple (smooth around margins) but usually notched, producing two lobes, often called bi-lobed. At night the leaf folds up at this notch and goes to "sleep." Orchid trees are classified as deciduous plants. They lose their foliage during the winter. Flowers are produced during various times of the year, depending on species. Flower colors are available in orchid, purplish, red, white and yellow. After flowering, flat seed pods develop, up to one foot in length. Bauhinias are not particular about type of soil. They grow well in alkaline or acid soils and fn rocky or sandy ones. However, they do require a well-drained one.' They also prefer a sunny location or one with partial shade. Container-grown plants may be set out anytime during the year. Transplanting established plants may be difficult as this plant will not tolerate much r,oot disturbance. If you plan to transplant an established plant, you should attempt it during the winter season, December through February. . Orchid trees are fertilized in early spring (March-April) with a complete fertilizer such as a 6-6-6 analysis. Application of six level coffee cups per inch of trunk diameter is sufficient. Trees in poor condition should be given less fertilizer. Orchid trees attain a height of around 25 feet. Since they are considered small trees, they are suitable for patio plantings or close to foundations. They are also used as free-standing specimens for framing the house and in shrub borders. They are not considered salt-tolerant and thus should not be planted close to the sea coast. Most Bauhinias "come true" from seed. Therefore, starting new plants from seed is the recommended method. New plants are also started from suckers, cuttings and grafting. B. Blakeana does not produce seed and thus must be started from one of the other methods. There are close to 500 species of Bauhinia. Only about 50 have been cultivated, and 35 of these have been tried in Florida. Of these, only four species have been used to any extent in plantings. These include the following: B. Purpurea Fall blooming orchid tree. It is a small tree, but often seen as a shrub about 15 feet tall. Flowers are about 5 inches across. Color is variable ranging from almost white with a pink tinge through shades of pink, rose-red, lavender and violet. Pods are about one foot long and lxk inches wide. B. Variegata Winter-spring flowering orchid tree. It may get up to 35 to 40 feet high. The flowers are 4 to 5 inches across and reddish-purple in color. It flowers from January to March or later. Its seed pod is up to one foot long and one inch wide. It will stand temperatures in the mid-20s. B. Monandra Summer flowering Bauhinia. A small tree to 20 feet tall. Flowers to 4 inches across, pale yellow at opening, changing to rose color with dark red. It flowers from April thru October or later. Its pods are up to 10 inches long and one inch wide This species is sensitive to cold and can be killed to the ground by freezing temperatures. B. Galpinii Red Bauhinia. A low spreading or semi-climbing shrub. Flowers are brick red and 2 to 2'a inches across. They appear from May to October. LTOlTOT LfrtlFTTl

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