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Strelitzia nicolai /Bird-of-Paradise Tree

Strelitzia nicolai  / Strelitzia nicolai
This is the giant bird-of-paradise that produces very large flowers
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This is the giant bird-of-paradise that produces very large flowers

Floral units in the shape of birds as they open along with large banana-like leaves

Close-up of flower and floral envelope

A close view of three opened flowers

Stalks on very old plants

Close-up image of old stalks with emerging foliage

Large clump of plants in a tropical setting

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Scientific Name: Strelitzia nicolai
Common Name: Bird-of-Paradise Tree
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: This is a large sub-tropical evergreen perennial or tree form that is noted for its huge, six foot, banana-like leaves and showy white flowers that grow from a tight sheath on mature plants growing in sunlight. Strong winds riddle the large leaves and periodic grooming of the plant by removing old leaves is necessary to keep large clumps tidy.