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Strelitzia nicolai / Giant Bird of Paradise

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Family: Strelitziaceae

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This clumping evergreen perennial can reach 25' tall fairly quickly, forming a false trunk from the base of the leaves. The leaves are shaped like bananas, reaching 10' long with the widest part reaching 5'. It does best with fertilizer once a month and rich, well draining soil. It can be planted in full sun but will do better if it receives afternoon shade. The flowers can reach a size of 10"-12", but plants need to be a few years old before they will flower. Mostly grown for tropical effect of large leaves.  Information by: GardenSoft

Anatomy

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub

Height Range

12-25'

Width Range

Flower Color

Blue, Purple, White

Flower Season

Intermittent

Leaf Color

Dark Green

Bark Color

n/a

Fruit Color

Brown

Fruit Season

Summer

Culture

Sun

Full, Half

Water

Low, Medium

Growth Rate

Fast

Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam

Soil Condition

Rich, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid

Adverse Factors

n/a

Sunset Zones

22, 23, 24

Susceptibilities

n/a

Tolerances

n/a

Design

Design Styles

Seascape, Tropical, Wild Garden

Accenting Features

Multi-trunk Tree, Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Foliage

Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Location Uses

Background, Foundation, Park, Swimming Pool, Walls / Fences

Special Uses

Container

Attracts Wildlife

n/a

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