Botanical Name: Caesalpinia gilliesii
Common Name: Yellow Bird Of Paradise Bush  
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






Very Low, Low, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


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: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Upright fast growing small tree or large shrub to 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. Originally from Argentina & Uruguay. Quite hardy and can be frost deciduous. As pods mature, they split spewing seeds. Ripe seeds are poisonous. May be somewhat invasive but easy to control. Drought tolerant. More open and woodier than pulcherrima.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball at ground level. 3. Prepare soil mix of equal parts soil and soil amendment. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build basin and water.