The Q&A Archives: Ever heard of this mimosa variety

Question: While in San Antonio this June, I noticed a small, tropical looking tree with leaves like a mimosa, but the flower was a red, yellow and orange color with a different shape than a traditional mimosa. Do you know what it is called?

Answer: Michelle,

That was probably a Pride of Barbados, also called a Red Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima). It is a perennial in zone 9 and a fairly hardy perennial in zone 8b. The following web site has a photo of the plant:

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