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Bombax ceiba, Salmalia malabarica, Bombax malabaricum, Kapok tree, Silk Cotton Tree

Bombax ceiba, Salmalia malabarica, Bombax malabaricum

Kapok tree, Silk Cotton Tree
Family: Malvaceae    (Formerly:Bombacaceae)
Subfamily: Bombacoideae
Origin: Tropical Asia
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapBig tree taller than 20 ftFull sunRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersDeciduous plantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Bombax ceiba is a fast-growing deciduous tree native to Tropical Asia. It typically grows up to 20 to 30 ft tall and wide, but can reach up to 40 ft in the right conditions. It has a heavily buttressed trunk, which may have spines on young trees. It has large, lobed leaves and large, red, crimson or vinous lily-like flowers which appear in the winter. At that time masses of large appear and the tree is then completely void of leaves. The woody fruits contain silky floss used in pillows, etc.

This tree is best grown in full sun and likes regular water. This hardy plant is cold tolerant to at least 30s F for a short period of time, making it suitable for USDA Zones 9-11. It is a great addition to gardens as it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

For planting in cold regions, it is best to use a large pot to ensure the tree doesn't experience cold shock from any sudden shifts in temperature. The pot should be kept in a sheltered area to protect it from the cold, and it should be watered regularly throughout the winter season. Additionally, mulch can be used to help insulate the root system.

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