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)
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun
Flowers: Pink to rose purple showy flowers
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.