Bird of Paradise – Strelitzia reginae
Bird of Paradise is a broadleaf tropical, medium size shrub with distinct orange flowers that look like a bird and its feathers. Mass them in front of and around larger trees and shrubs to create layers of exotic Mediterranean plants. Their unique flowers and dark green, banana-like leaves have lots of interest.
Bird of Paradise is usually seen at about 3 feet tall and have dark orangish-red flowers shaped like a bird.
Strelitzia reginae is the botanic name of the regular Bird of Paradise in Southern California. These are seen all around the streets and homes of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Orange County, and San Diego. Strelitzia reginae is sometimes confused with the Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai).
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General Plant Information
Bird of Paradise Care and Information
Bird of Paradise foliage can grow 1 – 2 feet long by 6″ – 1 foot wide. Their petiole is about 1 foot long. When overgrown and very mature, plants can be twice this size.
Additional InformationPlant Type: Evergreen
USDA Hardiness Zones: 8-10
Soil and Planting: Plant in soil that drains well. Dig a hole that is as deep as the tree’s roots and at least twice as wide.
Place the tree in the hole and backfill around the plant’s roots with a mixture of the native soil and high-quality planting mix that has washed sand and organic fertilizer.
Create a basin around the roots drip zone so that water collects. Water deeply until the roots and nearby soil is saturated and reaches field capacity.
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The two factors that determine if a deciduous fruit trees will grow well and produce fruit in a certain area are the Chill Hour Requirement and the Cold Hardiness. “Chill hours” are the amount of cold a deciduous fruit tree need to produce fruit. This is measured in the number of hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit a plant must experience during its winter dormancy. Paradise Nursery only grows Low Chill fruit trees that meet the chill requirements of all areas of the United States.
The second factor is Cold Hardiness. Cold Hardiness refers to the minimum temperature a plant can tolerate. The USDA’s Cold Hardiness Zones indicate the average minimum winter temperatures of areas. Based on the shipping zipcode, our website will only allow you to add plants to your cart that grow within your USDA Hardiness Zone, and tolerate your climate.
Pollination & Propagation
(Grafting/Cutting) Most of Paradise Nursery’s edible plants are self-fruitful. Self-pollinating trees do not require an additional tree to produce fruit. For your convenience, we have indicated which trees require a pollinator, and their associated pollinators. Only the sweet cherries, avocados, and some plums require a pollinator. All of our other propagated edible plants do not require a pollinator. All of our edible plants are either grown from cuttings, budded, or grafted. This way, we can ensure that our plants are high quality and fruit immediately. Plants will generally begin fruiting within a year of planting.