The beautiful Hong Kong Orchid Tree stands out because of the vibrant magenta color of its flowers and its large size. This tree can grow up to 50 feet fall, and even its leaves are one of the largest that can be found, at around eight inches wide. As acknowledged by its name, this gorgeous tree is the official floral emblem of Hong Kong, where it was originally discovered. The tree is actually not found in the wild, though, as it was first grown in a monastery in China. Now, these trees can be found right here at Zoo Miami, where they can flourish. The trees do well in fertile, sunny, well-drained soil, an environment that we are proud to provide for it to thrive. As the Hong Kong Orchid is believed to be a hybrid of Bauhinia purpurea and Bauhinia variegata and is sterile, there are no pods or seeds. While the peak flowering season for the tree is between September and October, flowers can still be seen between February and November. On your next visit to Zoo Miami, be sure to look out for these orchids on the edge of the walkway in front of the Cuban Crocodile exhibit. They make for a beautiful family photo background!
Orangutans and gibbons will be off exhibit from Jan 17 - 20 for exhibit improvements. Wildlife Carousel will be closed for maintenance Jan 17 - 20. From Jan 17 - Mar 2017, some areas of the Children's Zoo will be under construction to improve our guests' experience. We apologize for the inconvenience.