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Mexican Bird of Paradise


This is a dense, umbrella-like shrub or small tree. The foliage is light green, fine textured and coarser than C. pulcherrima. Spikes of flower clusters cover the canopy for several months during the warm season.

Caesalpinia mexicana

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf texture : Coarse

Leaf length : 2"

Leaf shape : Compound; Elliptic

Leaf color : Light green

Flower Characteristics

Flower notes : Flowers bloom in clusters throughout the year except in the coldest months.

Flower color : Yellow

Plant Anatomy

Foliage growth cycle : Evergreen

Average size maturity width : 10-12 ft.

Average size maturity height : 10-12 ft.

Growth rate : Moderate-Fast

Cultural Information

USDA Zone : 20 to 25 F (Z9a)

Sunset zone : 12-16, 18-24

Water requirements : Moderate

Light exposure : Sun

Landscape Attributes

Attractive bark :Yes

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