Bird of Paradise Palm CAPE CORAL
The unique White Bird of Paradise Palm Tree grows in a clumping form and needs a large area in which to spread out and unfurl its big leaves. The plant blossoms on and off during warm weather, with flowers that bear an astonishing resemblance to a bird's head.
The blooms, however, are less important to your landscape than the ultra-tropical look created by the beautiful foliage. The leaves look like an elite version of a banana plant.
A white bird of paradise can be a real showpiece in a landscape. It can be used to accent tall pillars near a home's entrance, add a tropical note as a backdrop in a mixed bed, or as a striking container plant on the patio or pool deck.
This is a big plant. When mature, it's going to be over 20 feet tall by at least 6 feet or more wide, and it can tower over a small one-story house. Leaves of a white bird of paradise can become chewed up from wind damage, making the plant unattractive. Try to place it in an area protected from strong winds.
Because it's a clumping plant that grows multiple stems, you can cut down some of the stalks without hurting the plant. This plant is sometimes confused with Traveler Palm because they look similar when young, but birds won't grow as big and don't form a palm-like trunk.
Add top soil or organic peat humus to the hole when you plant. You can also add composted cow manure to the mix. Water on a regular basis with enough time for the plant to dry out a bit between waterings.
Avoid placing a bird of paradise in soil that doesn't drain well. Keep mulch away from the base of the plant to keep it from staying too wet.