White Bird of Paradise

White Bird of Paradise

White Bird of Paradise

Common Name: White Bird of Paradise
Scientific Name: Strelitzia nicolai
Zone: 9B-11
Growth Rate: Moderate
Salt Tolerance: Low
Drought Tol.: Moderate
Typical Height: 15-20' OA

The Strelitzia nicolai, the White Bird of Paradise or Giant Bird of Paradise, is an exotic plant that has more of the characteristics of a palm than it does a flowering plant. Not to be confused with the Traveler’s Palm, this plant can reach a height of 25 feet and a width of at least 6 feet. The White Bird is a clumping plant, which means that you are able to cut back stalks that begin growing on its sides. 


Its enormous leaves tend to become the main attraction of the White Bird of Paradise because its flowers come and go. During warmer weather, however, the White Bird will bloom more often. Striking a resemblance of that of a bird’s head, the White Bird of Paradise will provide your landscape with some unique beauty that cannot be compared to most plants.


Due to its large and wide leaves, we recommend that you plant the White Bird at least 4 feet from the house or structures and leave 4 to 5 feet of space between the Bird and other plants in the area. The leaves are gorgeous and green but if it is exposed to too much wind, they can tear and begin to brown. Try to place your White Bird in an area that won’t be exposed to high winds.


To care for this beauty, keep it in full or partial sun and allow the soil to become relatively dry between waterings. We also recommend that you don’t place any mulch near the White Bird as this will allow moisture to stick around longer than desired. The White Bird doesn’t tolerate wet feet very well so be sure that it is placed in a well-drained part of your yard. 


Since the White Bird of Paradise can reach enormous heights and widths, it will be a great centerpiece for your next landscaping project. It can serve as a privacy screen, an accent to a large circular driveway, or along any tall, bare walls. 


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