PlantsStrelitzia→Giant White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)

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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
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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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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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Wrong ID? by jon May 20, 2016 11:14 AM 6
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bird of paradise by Noorbhatti Jan 20, 2021 5:46 PM 1
Birds of paradise turning white by Awickens Jan 18, 2021 11:13 AM 4
What is this plant? Can anyone identify it? by Teaplease18 Nov 24, 2020 4:38 PM 8
Please help me identify this plant! by Mangomix Nov 6, 2020 1:16 AM 7
is this a bird of paradise? why does it look like this? by inreynaorshine Oct 29, 2020 10:08 AM 9
Strelitzia nicolai leaf turning brown by gpar7116 Dec 26, 2020 10:08 PM 3
Sad bird of paradise by Wakarry Oct 28, 2020 9:07 AM 4

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