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Mexican Bird of Paradise

Caesalpinia mexicana

Mature Height*: 

10-15 ft

Mature Width*: 

5-10 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone Range:

9 to 11

Hardy to: 

20°F

Water Requirements: 

Moderate Water, Drought Tolerant

Shade Requirements:

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade

Native to:

Northern Mexico into south Texas

Native to northern Mexico, this tough evergreen has been adopted into Southwestern landscapes as a large shrub or small patio tree with an exceptionally long flowering season. From spring through fall, Mexican Bird of Paradise is covered in flushes of lemon-yellow flower spikes that are a favorite source of nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies. In milder winters, the brilliant green leaves will cling to the thornless branches, lending a tropical ambiance and ensuring year-round interest in your garden. Deadhead spent flowers and seed pods to encourage blooming.

*Height and width estimated for growth in the Tucson, AZ area. True sizes may vary.