Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia mexicana)


Mexican Bird of Paradise

Caesalpinia mexicana

The Mexican Bird of Paradise is a large, thornless shrub that can also be allowed to grow into a small natural canopy tree that brings beauty into any size landscape. Native to northern Mexico, Caesalpinia Mexicana features lush, fern-like dark green leaves and clusters of fragrant yellow flowers that can put on a colorful spectacle from spring to fall! We love to plant them in groups for use as an attractive privacy screen and they look attractive when used a specimen growing in a landscape or in a patio container too.

If you love the sight of butterflies, you’ll be happy to know that the easy to grow Mexican Bird of Paradise acts like a natural magnet for hummingbirds, butterflies love the masses of blooms covering the tree too! Caesalpinia Mexicana thrive with full sun exposure and once established, have low to moderate watering needs. It’s a low maintenance plant and only requires pruning if you want to use it as a small patio tree. This plant grows well in our area and as long as there is good drainage, can tolerate any soil type.

Palm Paradise are unique growers in that we grow our trees and plants from our own private stock of premium quality specimens. We are the only people that do this and can assure their quality! Come visit our huge nursery and let us help you choose the perfect specimens for your landscaping needs!

  • Also known as the Evergreen Bird of Paradise
  • Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Long lasting, fragrant yellow flowers – may flower year-round in warm-winter areas, spring through fall elsewhere
  • Easy to grow – requires little care on established
  • Tolerates any soil type as long as there is good drainage
  • Extremely tolerant of sun and reflected heat
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Moderate growth rate
  • Can be grown in pots


Large shrub or small canopy tree

Bright yellow flowers in spring and fall


Cold Hardy

Graceful spreading branches with soft foliage