Orchid trees are a beautiful addition to shorelines, resorts, and wetter areas in Hawaii. The large blooms can be white, pink or purple like those pictured here. The tree itself can become more than 30 feet tall, producing enormous patches of color in the skyline.
The orchid tree (Bauhinia variegata) is native to southeast Asia but graces many parts of Hawaii. Like many plants introduced to the islands, orchid trees have been naturalized and have to be controlled to not become invasive.