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Yellow Bird Of Paradise, Caesalpinia gilliesii.

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Mexican Bird Of Paradise, Caesalpinia gilliesii. Also Called: Mexican Bird of Paradise. Arizona Wild Flowers. Pictures, Photos, Images, Descriptions, Information, Reviews.
Yellow Bird Of Paradise, Caesalpinia gilliesii.
Photo June 13, 2003.
Date Creek, Arizona.
Mexican Bird Of Paradise, Caesalpinia gilliesii. Also Called: Mexican Bird of Paradise. Arizona Wild Flowers. Pictures, Photos, Images, Descriptions, Information, Reviews.Mexican Bird Of Paradise, Caesalpinia gilliesii. Also Called: Mexican Bird of Paradise. Arizona Wild Flowers. Pictures, Photos, Images, Descriptions, Information, Reviews.
Yellow Bird Of Paradise.
Caesalpinia gilliesii.
Yellow Bird Of Paradise.
Caesalpinia gilliesii.

Yellow Bird Of Paradise.
Caesalpinia gilliesii, Pea Family: ( Fabaceae ), Yellow Bird of Paradise. Also Called: Mexican Bird of Paradise.

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A large irregular shrub which can be trained to become a small deciduous tree. It may become an evergreen in warmer areas. Attracts hummingbirds.


Quick Notes:

Height: Up To 5 - 10 feet tall, they spread out 4 -6 feet wide.

Stems/Trunks: Greenish stems, noticeable lenticils, spineless; a slender trunk if any.

Fruit: Tan fuzzy pod, dehiscent, curled, persistent on branches unless removed.

Flowers: The flowers are on branch terminals, informal racine of solid yellow flowers with long red stamens; they bloom mainly in the spring and early summer, then sporadically; 4 - 5 inches long.

Flowering Time: March - September.

Leaves: Bipinnately compound leaf. With 6 to 12 pairs of pinnae and 5 to 10 pairs of leaflets.

Found: The USDA claims Caesalpinia gilliesii is native of the USA (AZ, CA, GA, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT), USA+ (PR). In Arizona it is native of all counties except La Paz, Yuma, Navajo, Apache, & Greenlee counties. It is also natiuralized in many parts of Mexico & Australia. It is native of many parts of South America. Peru, Argentina, Chile; & Uruguay.

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Elevation: 0 Feet - 5,000 Feet.

Habitat: Alkaline, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy, Well-drained/light soils, sandy washes. An ideal xeriscape landscape plant in Arizona.

Miscellaneous: Flowering Photos Taken June 13, 2003. Hawkins Ranch, Near Date Creek, Arizona.

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