Commonly known as Bird of paradise shrub

Large erect racemes of up to 40 individual yellow flowers with scarlet stamens. Needs frost protection except in the mildest locations
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plant size comparison icon 2 to 3 Litre
  • Evergreen
    mid- to dark-green 2 pinnate leaves to 20cm (8in) long with many oblong leaflets.
  • Red
    Scarlet stamens
  • Yellow
    Yellow flowers
  • Height
    2-3m (6½-10ft)
  • Spread
    1-2.5m (3-8ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Erect to spreading shrub or small tree
  • Heated greenhouse - warm temperate Can be grown outside in summer. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 5°C (41°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features
    Exotic plants
  • Good to know
    syn. Poinciana gilliesii (bird of paradise shrub). Syn. Erythrostemon gilliesii. Not related to the bird of paradise genus Strelitzia
  • Pests & Diseases
    red spider mite, whitefly, mealybugs.
  • Place of origin
    Uruguay, Argentina.
  • Flower Shape
    Racemes - erect racemes 15-30cm (6-12in) long of flowers to 3.5cm (1½in) across
  • Hardiness
    Tender (greenhouse & conservatory)
  • Leaf form
    Bipinnate see photos above
  • Leaf margin
    Entire see photos above
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 5
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
    Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
    When: Annually after flowering.

    RHS group 8
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil - loam-based compost (JI No. 3) under glass with added leaf mould. Full light.
Caesalpina gilliesii - Care Guide
2-3m (6½-10ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  1-2.5m (3-8ft)

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