White Bird of Paradise Tree (Strelitzia nicolai) and Orange Bird of Paradise Plant (Strelitzia reginae) are this weeks highlighted plants. I think most people are familiar with the 3-4′ clumping orange bird of paradise plant. However, its close relative, the white bird of paradise tree, probably is not as well known. The white bird of paradise tree can reach 20-30′ and clumps much like a banana plant and heliconia plant. It even has leaves that split along its veins much like the banana and heliconia. Unlike these two plants, the white bird of paradise has woody trunks that resemble palm trees. Regardless, of which bird of paradise you plant, they both have unusually shaped flowers that do resemble exotic birds.
Richard Lyons Nursery currently has both of these plants in stock.