Desert bird of paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii)
Desert Bird of Paradise
- Other common name is Yellow Bird of Paradise
- Has been called Poinciana gilliessii (synonym)
- An excellent choice to soften arid landscapes and is a great choice for tropical landscapes too
- Easy care shrub that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
- Blooms showy flowers in the summer to add heat loving color!
- Can be used as a privacy screen, in rock gardens, as a hedge, borders, and more
The Desert Bird of Paradise or Yellow Bird of Paradise, botanical name Caesalpinia gilliesii, is a South American native revered for its red stamens and soft yellow flowers. Its feathery-like foliage is a hummingbird attractor and can soften any arid landscape. This bird of paradise is versatile too – it also works great in any tropical landscape. We like to plant these shrubs in groups where they can be used as textural hedge or screen!
This is a heat tolerant shrub, making them an excellent choice to adorn landscapes in the Southwest! Desert Bird of Paradise thrive in a location that gets plenty of full sun exposure, and they need minimal care, with low to moderate water requirements once established – great for any waterwise garden! Caesalpinia gilliesii also thrive in a wide range of soils and do not require any fertilization – once they’re established in your landscape, just let them grow! We do recommend pruning the branch ends following a bloom cycle, and doing this will keep it fuller and promote a quicker re-bloom.
We like to plant Yellow Bird of Paradise with other colorful plants such as Bottlebrush, Bougainvillea as well as Yucca and Agave plants – all of which can be found in Moon Valley Nurseries! Call your nearest location to see what we have in stock. Visit us today and handpick the perfect Desert Bird of Paradise for the perfect spot in your yard! We make it easy!
Medium to tall accent shrub with an open canopy.
Great for both desert and tropical landscapes
Soft yellow flowers with bright red stamens spring through fall