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Ceiba insignis, Chorisia insignis, White Floss Silk Tree, Drunken Tree

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 Ceiba insignis, Chorisia insignis
Family: Malvaceae   (Formerly:Bombacaceae)
Subfamily: Bombacoideae
White Floss Silk Tree, Drunken Tree
Origin: Southern Brazil, Argentina
Can be used for bonsaiBig tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowersDeciduousThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The trunk becomes bottle shaped as it ages, and it is covered with stout spines, more decorative than really frightening. Can make a shade tree in warmer areas, or an interesting patio tree. Many bonsai them in large pots. In deep soil this can become a good shade tree, otherwise it is grown for its spectacular flowers and interesting shape. Pear shaped fruits containing a silky floss coming out of the seeds. Need a good drainage. Abundant water in the growing season can make a large tree quickly as they have been recorded to grow 5 meters (15 feet) a year in optimum conditions. Hardy to about 20 degrees F, although hardiness varies with individuals.


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 Ceiba insignis, Chorisia insignis, White Floss Silk Tree, Drunken Tree

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Ceiba insignis, Chorisia insignis, White Floss Silk Tree, Drunken Tree

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Spikes only on one side of this trunk. Sometimes they are scattered sporadically.
Ceiba insignis, Chorisia insignis, White Floss Silk Tree, Drunken Tree

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Ceiba hybrid Patricia
Ceiba insignis, Chorisia insignis, White Floss Silk Tree, Drunken Tree

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Variegated variety
Ceiba insignis, Chorisia insignis, White Floss Silk Tree, Drunken Tree

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Ceiba hybrid Patricia
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Ceiba hybrid Patricia
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Ceiba insignis, Chorisia insignis, White Floss Silk Tree, Drunken Tree

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Ceiba hybrid Patricia
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This is a new variety of Ceiba with very showy, large golden flowers with red centers.
This Ceiba is a seedling that was grown from a batch of seed collected from Willis Harding Park in North Miami. There are many varieties of Ceiba there but 98 percent of them are pink. There are two trees there with white/yellow flowers and that is Ceiba Sunset and another called Ceiba Rhodognaphalon which has had a lot of controversy over the name and is suspected to actually be a Ceiba chodatii. The two trees are close together so the cross pollination of the two is what produced this hybrid. They were naturally pollinated by bees or other pollinators (just not hand pollinated).
The hybrid is grafted
What is grafted plant

Q: What is a grafted plant?

Grafting is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation where a piece of one plant (scion) selected for its flowers or fruit and containing the desired genes to be duplicated is inserted into a piece of another plant (rootstock), with a strong vigorous root system, usually a seedling.

Benefits of the graft:

  • making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
  • taking a scion from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for a grafted plant)
  • introducing dwarfing, hardiness, disease and pest resistance.
  • easier propagation method when other means like cutting or seed is not successful


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Grown in 10"/3 gal pot, grafted, very large plant

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Chorisia (ceiba) insignis - White Floss Silk Tree

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White Floss Silk Tree, Drunken Tree. Rare species. Large specimen tree with large off-white flowers with yellow to peach centers. The trunk becomes bottle shaped as it ages, and it is covered with stout spines, more decorative than really frightening. Can make a shade tree in warmer areas, or an interesting patio tree. Many bonsai them in large pots. In deep soil this can become a good shade tree, otherwise it is grown for its spectacular flowers and interesting shape.This item is certified for shipping to California.
California certification

Most of our plants are certified for shipping to California, however, certain plants are not certified. Please do not order not-certified plants to California addresses. These plants may be added to CA certification in the future; please contact us for more information.



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Grown in 10"/3 gal pot

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