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Gardens featuring: Caesalpinia gilliesii | Yellow Bird of Paradise

ePlant Details

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Synonym Names: Poinciana gilliesii

Family: Fabaceae

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Yellow Bird of Paradise is an upright, fast growing small tree or large shrub, 10' tall by 8' wide. Clusters of yellow flowers have long red stamens and appear in spring and early summer. After flowering period, green pods appear, turning brown as they mature. As pods mature, they spit spewing seeds. Ripe seeds are poisonous. Foliage is evergreen, fern-looking, and light green changing to grayish when mature. It may be somewhat invasive but it is easy to control. This plant is drought tolerant but will appreciate extra summer water. Natural growth habit is irregular and open, but can be pruned to encourage dense growth. It is quite hardy and can be frost tolerant. It does best in full sun with well draining, sandy or rocky soil.  Information by: PlantMaster

Anatomy

Plant Type

Shrub

Height Range

6-12'

Width Range

Flower Color

Red, Yellow, Multi-Colored

Flower Season

Spring, Summer

Leaf Color

Light Green

Bark Color

n/a

Fruit Color

Brown, Green

Fruit Season

Summer

Culture

Sun

Full, Half

Water

Very Low

Growth Rate

Fast

Soil Type

Sandy, Rocky

Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry

Soil pH

Neutral, Basic

Adverse Factors

Invasive, Poisonous

Sunset Zones

8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Susceptibilities

n/a

Tolerances

Salt Ocean Spray, Heat, Alkaline Soil

Design

Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Tropical, Wild Garden

Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Silhouette

Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer

Location Uses

Background, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, Walls / Fences

Special Uses

Filler, Hedge

Attracts Wildlife

Hummingbirds

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