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Ceiba schottii, Painera, Pochote

Ceiba schottii

Painera, Pochote
Family: Malvaceae    (Formerly:Bombacaceae)
Subfamily: Bombacoideae
Origin: Central America
Big tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersDeciduous plantThorny or spiny

Ceiba schottii, Painera, Pochote
Ceiba schottii, Painera, Pochote
Ceiba schottii, Painera, Pochote


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Ceiba sp., Ceiba, Floss Silk Tree, Kapok Tree

Ceiba sp.

Ceiba, Floss Silk Tree, Kapok Tree
Family: Malvaceae    (Formerly:Bombacaceae)
Subfamily: Bombacoideae
Origin: Central America, Southern America
Big tree taller than 20 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowersDeciduous plantThorny or spiny

Due to their size, Ceiba trees are mostly seen as a symbol of strength and are often associated with ancient cultures and beliefs, such as Mayan mythology. However, this majestic species can also be appreciated for its beauty. The plant typically produces large clusters of showy seed pods, which, in turn, develop flowers of different colors. Depending on the species, the flowers can be white, off-white, pink, red, crimson, vinous, yellow or even orange.

Ceiba is a deciduous tree and some varieties are known to possess thorns or spines. This genus of plants prefers to grow in full sun and with moderate water. Ceiba trees can adapt to a variety of different climates. Most species are rated at USDA Zone 9 to 11.

Growing Ceiba trees in pots while in cold climate areas is possible. The container should be shallow and wide to accommodate the long taproot. Choose one that is large enough to hold the actual size of the tree. Place your Ceiba in a sunny location and water regularly. Keep in mind that this plant is fairly drought-tolerant so do not over-water it. Ceiba trees should be well drained as to avoid root rot. Every two to four weeks for mature plants, apply a water soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength to give it an extra boost of nutrients. Be aware that the tree can easily outgrow its pot and will require re-potting.

In conclusion, Ceiba sp. is a majestic plant often associated with strength and ancient cultures. Its size is impressive with some species growing up to 250 ft. Its white, off-white, pink, red, crimson, vinous, yellow or orange flowers come in large clusters and are quite attractive. Finally, depending on the climate, Ceiba can be successfully grown in a container, requiring full sun exposure, moderate water and regular feeding with a water soluble fertilizer.



Ceiba sp., Ceiba, Floss Silk Tree, Kapok Tree
Ceiba sp., Ceiba, Floss Silk Tree, Kapok Tree
Ceiba sp., Ceiba, Floss Silk Tree, Kapok Tree
Ceiba hybrid 'Frosty Girl' (?)
Ceiba sp., Ceiba, Floss Silk Tree, Kapok Tree


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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, mature plant 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.

See article about Ceiba speciosa.





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Cephalocereus senilis, Old Man Cactus

Cephalocereus senilis

Old Man Cactus
Family: Cactaceae
Origin: Mexico
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsThorny or spiny

Cephalocereus senilis is a very popular cactus in cultivation due to its woolly appearance. It grows in a small tree-like form, reaching heights of 10-20 feet and is native to Mexico. The distinctive stem of Cephalocereus senilis is topped with long, thick hair-like spines or thorns, typically in a white coloration.

This cactus is perfect for those looking for a low-maintenance addition to their garden as it tolerates full sun and even moderate water in the right conditions. It grows best in slightly dry conditions, so you won't have to fuss over it too much. Though be warned: during cold winter temperatures, the plant should be protected, particularly when young.

Additionally, Cephalocereus senilis can thrive in pots with the appropriate care. When placed outdoors, it enjoys a full sun position, although it can tolerate some shade. The soil should be both well-draining and slightly damp but not waterlogged. Typically, it needs watering about once a month. In areas with cold winters, pots should be brought indoors to a sheltered spot.

For optimal growth, the cactus should be fertilized with an appropriate cacti fertilizer two or three times a year. As the cactus grows, it may need to be pruned to maintain its desired shape and size.

Cephalocereus senilis is a slow-growing cactus, with a consistent size across its range. It is hardy in USDA Zones 9-11, and its sharp spines act as a strong deterrent to any wildlife or critters looking to make a snack of it. With a few simple steps and tips, Cephalocereus senilis is an easy cactus to grow in most places.



Cephalocereus senilis, Old Man Cactus


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Ceratozamia mexicana, Palmilla, Forest Pineapple

Ceratozamia mexicana

Palmilla, Forest Pineapple
Family: Zamiaceae
Origin: Mexico, Guatemala
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterOrnamental foliageThorny or spiny

Ceratozamia mexicana is an impressive large cycad native to Mexico and Guatemala, growing to between 5-10 ft tall. It has ornamental foliage, with dark green smooth leaves and is covered in thorns and spines providing a dense texture. In its natural habitat, the trunk can grow to up to 2m in length and a diameter of 30cm and will spread away from its base.

This species is well suited to tropical and warm subtropical regions and can be grown anywhere within the USDA Zone 9-11. The Ceratozamia mexicana will thrive in full sun and in areas of semi-shade. When grown in full sun, special care should be taken to protect this plant from long periods of excessive heat. Ideal environments will be those with morning sun or filtered light.

The Ceratozamia mexicana requires regular watering and moderate amounts of fertilizer. To maintain its health and vigor, it is best to mulch around the plant, keeping the soil moist and helping to keep weeds at bay. In cold regions it can be grown in a container, allowing gardeners to over winter them indoors if temperatures drop to below 40F.

Despite its need for greater care in cold conditions, the Ceratozamia is a beautiful and rewarding plant and with the correct conditions and care can prove to be an impressive addition to any garden.





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