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Red Bird of Paradise

Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Mature Height*: 

5-8 ft

Mature Width*: 

5-8 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone Range:

9 to 11

Hardy to: 

25°F

Water Requirements: 

Drought Tolerant

Shade Requirements:

Full Sun

Native to:

West Indies, Mexico

Red Bird of Paradise is popular in the Southwest where it graces many outdoor spaces with its lush, tropical-looking foliage and bold summer color. This large accent lends its soft texture to hard landscapes while asking for very little in return. It thrives in drought, loves the sun, and soaks up harsh reflected heat. Red Bird of Paradise often goes dormant in cold winter climates, but spring growth quickly replaces any frozen stems to establish a beautiful rounded form by summer. Butterflies and hummingbirds can’t resist the multitudes of showy red and orange flowers that bloom constantly from late spring through fall.

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