Mexican Bird of Paradise

Caesalpinia mexicana

Native to Northern Mexico, this tough evergreen has been adopted into southwestern landscapes as a large background shrub or small patio tree with an exceptionally long flowering season. From March through October, Mexican Bird of Paradise is covered in flushes of lemon-yellow spikes of fragrant flowers that are a favorite source of nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies. More frequent and profuse flowering can be encouraged by pruning off the seed pods that form when the flowers are spent, and by giving the plant a good drink of water every week or two throughout the blooming season. 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.

Light Needs: This plant likes full sun.

Watering Needs: Once established, needs only occasional watering.

Average Landscape Size: Will grow 10 to 15 feet high and up to 15 feet wide.

Key Features: Can grow as both a small tree or large shrub.

Blooms: Flowers spring through fall.

Mexican Bird of Paradise for sale at Harlow Gardens Tucson.