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GIANT BIRD OF PARADISE
Strelitzia nicolai

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Photo Locations: Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA, Santa Barbara Courthouse and Lotusland - Santa Barbara, CA

General Notes

This tree has a banana-like leaf or paddle-like leaf, and grows 5 -10 ft tall. Strelitzia nicolai has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Risk Assessment) score of -1 (Low Risk).

Family: Strelitziaceae

Tree Characteristics

Erect with a Low Canopy.

Vase Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 30 feet.

Width: 15 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Ovate, Bluish Green or Silver or Gray Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Blue, Purple or White. Flowers in Winter, Spring or Summer.

Purple Capsule, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall.

Bark Green, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 22 - 24; H1, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in South Coast.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Texas Root Rot. Susceptible to Spider Mites.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Strelitzia nicolai Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/strelitzia-nicolai >

This tree is not part of the SelecTree Nursery Connection. If you would like to see this tree listed, or know of a nursery that sells it, please contact us at ufei@calpoly.edu.