Bombax ceiba, Bombax malabaricum. Kapok tree, Silk... more
Bombax malabaricum (ceiba) - seeds
Bombax ceiba, Bombax malabaricum. Kapok tree, Silk cotton tree. Spectacular tree with red lily-like flowers. It can grow into a giant tree with heavily buttressed trunk. Young trees may have spines on trunk. The woody fruits contain silky floss used in pillows, etc. The large, lobed leaves drop in the winter and at that time masses of large orange/red flowers appear and the tree is then completely void of leaves. Plant seeds 1/2" depth in well draining soil mixture. Keep warm, damp and in bright light.