Desert Poinciana
Desert Poinciana

Desert Poinciana

Caesalpinia gilliesii

General Information

  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low Water Requirement
  • Very Low Maintenance
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Pollinator

Common Names

Desert Poinciana, Desert Bird of Paradise, Bird of Paradise Bush, Yellow Bird of Paradise, Barba de Chivo.

Plant Description

Sun/part shade; deciduous with tiny fine-textured leaflets. An airy, fast-growing tropical shrub or small tree; the poinciana flowers are bright yellow with red stamens.

Plant Details


coupon eligible: No

watersaver: Yes

flower color: Yellow, Red

freeze hardy: Yes

wildlife: Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Pollinators

sunlight requirements: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade

soil types: Garden Mixed, Sandy

invasive: No


Can be groomed easily by hand, for shaping only. Don't overwater. Requires excellent drainage; not recommended for heavy clay.

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