SelecTree: Tree Detail
GIANT BIRD OF PARADISE
Photo Locations: Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA, Santa Barbara Courthouse and Lotusland - Santa Barbara, CA
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).
Erect with a Low Canopy.
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.
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
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Strelitzia nicolai Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
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