Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Red 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 10'

Natural Growth Habit: Vase

Native To: Mexico and Central America

Exposure: Full Sun

Water: Medium Water, Low Water

Flower Color: Red

Bloom Time: Spring, Summer, Fall

Special Features: Attracts Birds/Butterflies / Desert Conditions / Drought Resistant / Screen / Seacoast Conditions

Container Sizes: #1, #5, #15

Sunset Garden Zones: 12-16, 18-23

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone: 10

A Bit More

With showy flower clusters looking like a postcard from the tropics, Caesalpinia pulcherrima brings a taste of the exotic to wherever it grows.  Fiery red and orange blossoms attract hummingbirds and butterflies alike, while the feathery green foliage softens nearby hard lines and borders.  Do be aware of the sharp spines on the branches; they may not always be obvious, but they are there. This Caesalpinia will freeze to the ground in the colder parts of its range, but vigorously rebound with the warm weather of spring.  If a more compact mound is desired, cut it down to the ground before it breaks dormancy.

A Bit More

With showy flower clusters looking like a postcard from the tropics, Caesalpinia pulcherrima brings a taste of the exotic to wherever it grows.  Fiery red and orange blossoms attract hummingbirds and butterflies alike, while the feathery green foliage softens nearby hard lines and borders.  Do be aware of the sharp spines on the branches; they may not always be obvious, but they are there. This Caesalpinia will freeze to the ground in the colder parts of its range, but vigorously rebound with the warm weather of spring.  If a more compact mound is desired, cut it down to the ground before it breaks dormancy.