Giant White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)

Common names:
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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
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
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Over 12"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 8, 2011 7:18 PM

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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