General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 20 to 30 feet (6-9m)
Plant Spread: 6 to 10 feet (1.8-3m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Other: 6 to 8 feet (1.8-2.4m)
Fruit: Showy
Other: Black with a tuft of bright orange
Fruiting Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Over 12"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Offsets
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

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Common names
  • Giant White Bird of Paradise
  • Natal Strelitzia
  • Wild Banana

Photo Gallery
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: Kwajalein, Marshall Islands in the Public Garden
Date: 2002
Location: Sumatera Indonesia
Date: 2018-02-04
Location: Port Orange,  Florida
Date: 2013-05-13 
Photo taken at Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens - Port Orange, Florid
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2014-10-09
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2020-10-29
Growing in my atrium where it has sparse growth due to insufficie
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2020-10-29
Growing in a neighbors yard
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2020-10-29
Location: Nice
Date: 2019-04-20
Location: Botanical garden of Madeira
Date: 2023-04-11
Location: Botanical garden of Barcelona (Spain)
Date: 2022-04-16
Location: Epcot Center, Orlando, FL
Date: Jul 15, 2005 1:48 PM
The plant in question is the one I'm leaning against
Location: Cypress Gardens, Florida
Location: Madrid, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-02
Location: Botanical garden of Madeira
Date: 2023-04-11
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-02
Location: San Diego, California
Date: July 8, 2010
Infloresence (Bloom)
Location: Cypress Gardens, Florida
Uploaded by dyzzypyxxy
Location: Canoga Park, California
Date: 2012-06-04
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2017-07-25
Location: San Diego, California      
Date: 2015-01-09
Uploaded by sedumzz
Location: Chula Vista, CA
Date: 2017-05-06 - Spring
A very tall and blooming Bird of Paradise
Uploaded by dyzzypyxxy
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2013-07-05
Location: Madrid, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-02
Location: Washington Oaks State Park, Palm Coast, Florida
Date: 2012-10-22 
Strelitzia nicolai with Strelitzia reginae at bottom right.
Location: Kaua'i
Date: 2014-06-25
Location: Santa Barbara CA
Date: July 2017
acorn woodpeckers, hummingbirds, & other birds flocked to these f

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: Botanical garden of Madeira
Date: 2023-04-11
Location: Centennial Park Conservatory, Toronto, ON, Canada
Date: 2013-03-16
Location: San Clemente
Date: 2019-04-17
Beautiful blue in the sun.
Location: Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX
Date: 2011-11-17
Uploaded by sedumzz
Uploaded by sedumzz
Uploaded by sedumzz
Uploaded by dyzzypyxxy
Location: Coronado Island, San Diego, California
Date: 2015-01-12
Location: My living room 
Date: Spring 
My Queenie

Date: 2012-12-17
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-02
Uploaded by sedumzz
Location: Houston area
Date: 2016-01-15
Location: Canoga Park, California
Date: 2011-06-30
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: February
Budding out in the hoop house
Location: San Diego, California       
Date: 2015-01-09
Location: Kaua'i
Date: 2014-06-26

Date: 2012-12-17

Date: 2012-12-17
Location: San Diego, California
Date: July 8, 2010
Giant White Bird of Paradise
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Comments:
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 8, 2011 7:18 PM concerning plant:
    The Giant White Bird of Paradise tree is native to subtropical Africa and is a close cousin of Strelitzia regina but is much larger, forming huge clumps up to 30', and leaves of 6-8' in length that are arranged in fans atop the trunk. With optimal conditions the trunk can grow to 18' in width. The infloresence has a dark blue bract, white sepals and a bluish-purple tongue. This plant needs a sheltered location in the landscape, away from high winds which will shred the foliage.
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