Syn. Chorisia speciosa

Common name: Kapok, Silk floss tree

Native to: Brazil and Argentina

 

A conical deciduous tree with somewhat irregular branching that is native to tropical and sub-tropical forested areas of Argentina and Brazil where it often rises to 40-60' tall. This tree is now grown as a showy flowering tree in many tropical areas around the globe.It will typically develop an attractive, rounded, umbrella-like crown over time.The trunk and many of the larger branches are often crowded with large simple thorns.

Flowers are quite showy, featuring pink to rose-purple petals with creamy white to yellowish-white throats. Flowers are followed by pear-shaped capsules (fruit pods) filled with seed embedded in silky white floss (hence the common name of silk floss tree)

Ceiba pentandra

Ksh500.00Price
  • Native / exotic: Exotic

    Aspect: Full sun

    Flowers: Pink to rose purple showy flowers

    Fragrance: None

    Foliage: Palmate compound light green leaf forming umbrella-like crown

    Growth habit: Upright, open clumping, thorny

    Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant

    Height: Up to 25 metres

    Spread: Up to 20 metres

    Soil requirements: Prefers moist well-drained soils. 

    Uses: Showy flowering specimen tree.

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