The white orchid tree is small, reaching 20-30 feet in height and spreading to about the same width. It has an irregular, vase-shaped crown of moderate density. The slender trunk bears arching, somewhat weak branches bearing the distinctive bauhiana genus bilobate leaves, which are alternate, simple, broad, green and 4-8 inches long. The very showy white to gray, fragrant, orchid-shaped blooms are 3-4 inches wide, appearing just before the leaves drop. Hummingbirds and insects are attracted to the flowers. Flowers are followed by slender, brown seedpods, up to 12 inches long containing several seeds, which persist on the tree for some months. Seeds are used for propagation. The leaves can be used as animal fodder. In south asia, the flower buds are pickled and eaten. In cultivation, white orchid tolerates dry, well-drained soils, and is free of serious pests and diseases. The tree needs some pruning to maintain a uniform shape. White orchid is an outstanding showpiece tree with its lovely blooms and delicate winglike leaves. It is recommended for the garden or patio as a specimen, accent or street tree, for shade in parking lots and is suitable for a large observatory or grown in a large planter. The trees do produce a moderate amount of litter.