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Ceiba speciosa, Chorisia speciosa, Silk Floss Tree, Bombax

Ceiba speciosa, Chorisia speciosa

Silk Floss Tree, Bombax
Family: Malvaceae   (Formerly:Bombacaceae)
Subfamily: Bombacoideae
Origin: Brazil to Argentina
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This spectacular tree is rated among the most beautiful trees in the world. Silk Floss is a zone 9-11 tree that does well in humid states but also is very happy in dry areas such as California. It is known to be hardy in Phoenix, AZ, for example, down to 20'F. Silk Floss blooms in early fall in South Florida with abandon. In full bloom, there are almost no leaves. You see a huge mass of color with 10's of thousands of flowers. The blooms are actually highly variable, lily-like flowers in various combinations of white, pink, often with purple to red striations on the petals. The older the tree, the better the flower display. After blooming, pear shaped fruits appear which have a silky floss on the seeds, hence the name. Floss Silk Tree is also well known for the large spikes protecting the trunk and limbs. More decorative than frightening, spikes are very much more prominent when the tree is young. It is happy in most soils with good drainage and does not have any pest problems, Floss Silk is an premier tree choice for your landscape.

One of the most beautiful trees in the world. In full bloom, there are almost no leaves. You see a huge mass of color with 10s of thousands of flowers. Premier tree choice for your landscape.

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