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Caesalpinia gilliesii

Yellow Bird of Paradise Bush
  • Plant Type:
  • Shrub
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Deciduous
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Large
  • Also Grown As:
  • Bush
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 10' x 8'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Irregular
  • Native To:
  • South America
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun
  • Water:
  • Medium Water, Low Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Yellow
  • Bloom Time:
  • Summer
  • Special Features:
  • Attracts Birds/Butterflies, Desert Conditions, Drought Resistant, Screen
  • Container Sizes:
  • #1, #5, #15
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 8-16, 18-24
  • Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone:
  • 8


Caesalpinia gilliesii, also called Yellow Bird of Paradise (though, it is of no relation to the Strelitzia family) is an exotic looking plant that serves equally well as a tall bush, or shrubby tree.  Caesalpinia is generally too thin to make a proper privacy screen, but the feathery leaves do a nice job of breaking up and softening lines.  Some report that this plant is too hardy and successful for its own good, and needs to be watched for invasiveness.  Keep an eye on where the seeds fall, and pluck out the sprouts if you don’t want a thicket.  Plant Caesalpinia gilliesii where you want a feathery textured hummingbird magnet, as they’re drawn to the vivid red stamen and yellow petals of the blossoms.