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Bird of Paradise
BIRD OF PARADISE
Caesalpinia gilliesii

Sometimes people mistakenly call this shrub Yellow Bird of Paradise (C. mexicana), and although both shrubs produce beautiful yellow flowers, the Bird of Paradise shrub has distinctive bright red stamens. Just like the other Caesalpinia species, this is sure to attract hummingbirds.

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GARDENING BASICS
Type: Shrubs
Hardiness: 25˚F
Water: Low
Sun Exposure: Full, Partial
GROWTH
Growth Rate: Fast
Average Size: 6’ H × 6’ W
Coverage: 28 square feet
FOLIAGE
Foliage Type: Deciduous, Evergreen
Foliage Color: Green
FLOWERS & FRUITS
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Spring and Fall
Fruit: Green pods in terminal clusters
MORE COMMENTS
Thorns: No
Allergies: Unknown
Partially deciduous in cold winter. Head back lightly after bloom only as needed to promote a more excellent shape. Unlike C. pulcherrima, don't severely prune the 'desert bird' as it is slower to recover. Because the stem wood of this shrub is SO brittle, one can easily prune this shrub with bare hands!