The Red Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) has long been a favorite summer blooming plant in Tucson, Arizona. It celebrates the warm season with a dazzling display of orange-red flowers. This shrub grows fast to 8 feet tall with an equal or greater spread. In regions that are totally frost free, it can grow up to 10 feet tall. Its medium green, compound leaves contain up to nine sections, each of which has up to twelve pairs of small leaflets. Although it is cold hardy to 28º F, Red bird of paradise will shed its leaves at temperatures below freezing. In the spring, red racemes (flower stalks) grow up to 20 inches long. The racemes grow in a triangular, pyramid-like shape on which individual flowers bloom from March to October. The flowers are a brilliant mix of orange to red colored clusters with long stamens. Some varieties have yellow or orange tips on the flower petals or pure yellow flowers. Red bird of paradise makes an excellent accent shrub that is incredibly heat tolerant.
Ponderosa Cactus is known for having the “most blooming birds of paradise” in town. Come see what we have in stock!