Botanical Name: Caesalpinia gilliesii
Common Name: Yellow Bird Of Paradise  
Plant photo of: Caesalpinia gilliesii
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

3-6', 6-12'


Flower Color

Red, Yellow


Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Intermittent


Leaf Color

Green, Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Tropical


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Entry, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, Walls / Fences, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses



Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

This Bird of Paradise is an upright, fast growing small tree or large shrub, 10' tall by 8' wide. Clusters of yellow flowers have long red stamens. Natural growth habit is irregular and open, but can be pruned to encourage dense growth. It is quite hardy and can be frost tolerant. As pods mature, they split spewing seeds. Ripe seeds are poisonous. It may be somewhat invasive but it is easy to control. This plant is drought tolerant.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.