Red Bird of Paradise

Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Red bird of paradise is a tropical-looking shrub that you’ll immediately recognize if you live in the Tucson area. It graces many of our outdoor spaces with bold, bright color from late spring through fall, lending its soft texture to our hard landscapes and asking for very little in return. This large accent loves the sun and soaks up harsh, reflected heat. While many sources list it as an evergreen, red bird typically drops its fern-like foliage and goes dormant for the winter in our climate. Come springtime, new growth quickly replaces any frozen stems to establish a rounded form packed with blooms by summer. Butterflies and hummingbirds will stop by for regular visits once the showy spikes of ruffled orange and red flowers begin to open.

Light Needs: This shrub can take full sun and reflective heat.

Watering Needs: Once established, needs only occasional watering.

Average Landscape Size:

Key Features: Cut back in the winter.

Blooms: Flowers spring through fall.

Red Bird of Paradise for sale at Harlow Gardens Tucson.