Caesalpinia mexicana
Mexican Bird of Paradise

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Mexican Bird of Paradise
Caesalpinia mexicana

Fern-like foliage is the perfect backdrop for the clusters of fragrant, yellow flowers. Masses of blooms virtually cover the tree in spring and continue to appear on new growth the rest of the season attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. Can be used as a screen or pruned into a small patio tree.

Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees
Long lasting, fragrant, colorful flowers
Drought tolerant once established
Heat and reflective heat tolerant
Perfect as a specimen or as a group
Easy to grow in landscape or in a patio container

Native Range

Mexican Bird of Paradise is native to Northern Mexico.

Interesting Facts

While most plants depend solely on soil nitrogen to grow, Mexican Bird of Paradise is a member of the legume family and is able to use the nitrogen gas in the air and store it in their roots via a special bacteria giving it a competitive advantage.


Plant Mexican Bird of Paradise in the fall in full sun. This large shrub is evergreen in mild climates, but where frost occurs it will shed foliage. Extremely tolerant of sun and reflected heat, supplement with one watering per week but while it flowers. Needs good drainage.

Mature Size: 10-15ft. Tall x 6-10ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 9-10

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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