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Caesalpinia pulcherrima (Red Bird of Paradise)

Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Red Bird of Paradise, Pride of Barbados

Originally from the tropical West Indies, this plant is widely grown for its exotic flowers and has escaped cultivation in some areas. It is evergreen in frost-free climates, but drops leaves in most regions. In the low deserts it is usually cut back almost to the ground in the winter months. It quickly regrows a rosette of upright, woody stems bearing lush compound leaves in the early summer, followed by bright orange and red flowers with long red stamens. This plant performs best in full sun and well-drained soils.

Plant Type Shrub, Tree
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Low, Average
Hardiness Zone Zone 8 (10° F)
Flower Color Orange
Flower Season Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Growth Rate Fast
Height 10' - 20' (ft)
Spread 6' - 12' (ft)
Spacing 12' (ft)
Characteristics Evergreen, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Bees, Hummingbirds, Pollinators
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flowers, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Tolerance Drought
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN

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