Desert/Yellow Bird of Paradise
Name: Caesalpinia gilliesii
Yellow Bird of Paradise is well-suited to our low desert climate. A multi-trunked shrub with compound leaves and beautiful yellow flowers that look like birds about to take flight. Its natural growth habit is irregular and open, but pruning will encourage dense growth. This long-lived and durable shrub is quite tolerant of cold, heat and drought, and performs best in full sun exposures. Grows to 10 feet tall by 8 feet wide. All parts of the yellow bird of paradise shrub are toxic and should never be injested.
Plant Yellow Bird of Paradise in full or partial sun locations.
This shrub tolerates any well-drained soil including rocky, native
soils. It does not do well in heavy clay soils. Prune in spring to
remove dead or damaged stems. Water yellow bird of paradise every
week in the summer, every month in the low-elevation zones, and rely
on rainfall in intermediate elevation zones.