|Height:||Up to 8 ft.|
|Growth rate:||Moderate – Fast|
|Soil:||Must have well-drained soil|
|pH:||Both acidic and alkaline|
|Years to bear:||n/a|
Pride of Barbados/Bird of paradise
Red Bird of Paradise, or Pride of Barbados, is a returning perennial shrub in zone 8, or an evergreen in frost free zones. It is drought and heat resistant, and will suffer in poorly draining soil. It does not produce an edible fruit, but it is a nitrogen fixer, so it will help feed your fruit-bearing trees and shrubs. Its beautiful flower attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.