Ceiba boliviana, Ceiba

Ceiba boliviana

Family: Malvaceae    (Formerly:Bombacaceae)
Subfamily: Bombacoideae
Origin: Bolivia
Plant used for bonsaiBig tree taller than 20 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersThorny or spinyPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plant

Native to Bolivia, Ceiba boliviana can reach over 50 feet tall. Ceiba boliviana requires full sun to partial shade, and moderate to low water use. It prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate drought conditions.

Ceiba is a beautiful ornamental tree. Its thorny branches are covered with large, leathery, dark green leaves and make a great accent to any landscape. Every summer, the tree produces pink flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The flowers turn into slender seedpods that are filled with downy seeds.

Ceiba can be grown in USDA Zone 9-11 and in colder regions it can be grown in a pot. When planting Ceiba in a pot, it is important to make sure that the pot is a large one and keep it well-drained with regular applications of fertilizer.

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