Red Bird of Paradise, Pride of Barbados
Synonym: Poinciana bijuga, Poinciana pulcherrima
This bush is generally known in Phoenix as Mexican Bird of Paradise, name that really belongs to C. mexicana. The Red Bird of Paradise is a relatively frost sensitive Caesalpinia, and it is generally better to trim it close to ground in winter. This keeps it more compact without seeming to delay it in spring. Seeds are toxic.
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