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Mexican Bird of Paradise
Scientific Name: Caesalpinia mexicana A. Gray
Synonym: Poinciana mexicana, Poincianella mexicana
Family: Fabaceae
Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia mexicana)
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Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 12-16,18-23
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 20F (-7C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Northeastern Mexico

Growth Habits: Evergreen large shrub or small tree, fast growing 10 to 15 feet (3-4.5 m) or more, 6 to 15 feet wide (1.8-4.5 m); bipinnate leaves with 5 or 7 pinnae, each with 4 or 5 pairs of leaflets; no spines

Watering Needs: Infrequent deep watering, needs good drainage

Propagation: Seeds

Mexican Birds of Paradise bloom all year except for coldest month. Seeds are toxic. Moderate littering.

Cultural Practices:
Plant in spring 6 feet apart. Trim anytime for compactness.

The Mexican Bird of Paradise has yellow fragrant flowers on 3 to 6 inches long racemes (7.5-15 cm), mostly in summer, but year around if the climate is favorable.

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