Caesalpinia gilliesii

Yellow Bird of Paradise Bush

Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Plant Type: Shrubs

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

A Bit More

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.

A Bit More

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.