One would think this shrub originates from the Cape due to its common name but in fact, Bauhinia galpinii got its common name from De Kaap Valley near Barberton, Mpumalanga where it is widespread. This plant species can also be found growing naturally in the moist bushveld areas of the country.
Bauhinia galpinii, a scrambler, is semi-deciduous and grows to a height of 3 - 5m. The leaves are bi-lobed and dark green when mature. Bauhinia galpinii is often multi-stemmed and the bark varies in colour from light grey-brown to darker grey-brown and has a smooth powdery texture. This tree bears masses of brick red flowers from spring to summer, attracting pollinators including birds. Bauhinia galpinii’s shrubby growth habit makes it a popular nesting site for small birds.
Bauhinia galpinii can be grown as a climber to cover pergolas and other structures in the garden thus creating. It can be pruned and trained into a small tree or large garden shrub. Pride of De Kaap can also form a good barrier when planted along fences and boundaries. Although it can be pruned or trained, Bauhinia. galpinii requires a big space for growth hence it is not suitable for small gardens.
Bauhinia galpinii does well on a slope or cascading over a wall in either sun or semi-shade and thrives in poor soils. Very showy when in flower. This plant species is drought resistant and can handle moderate frost, but may need protection from frost in the first two or three years after planting.
You may find stock of this plant at Random Harvest.