There is however a tree that breaks into bloom in late Autumn and adds at least one spot of fabulous colour to the usually green garden beds down the driveway ... my beautiful Bauhinia variegata!
It's a striking sub-tropical tree ... very hardy in my dry tropics region. It will grow to around 8 metres, has a short trunk and spreading branches. It has distinctive kidney-shaped leaves.
It gets abundant large fragrant white flowers with lemon-green markings. These beautiful orchid-like flowers appear in our late Autumn and will continue flowering all through Winter.
The flowers begin appearing when the tree is fully dressed in its large green leaves. This is the Bauhina as it appears right now ...
... and the first blooms have started appearing.
As the flowering continues, the leaves start to drop off until the whole tree is flowering on almost completely leafless branches.
Here's a view of this semi-deciduous tree when it has dropped most of its leaves in the Winter just before it breaks into full bloom (photo taken last Winter).
Now for some photos of the beautiful flowers: