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Chorisia speciosa

Silk Floss Tree

Kapok, Floss Silk Tree
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Plant Facts

Scientific Name Chorisia speciosa
Principal Common Name Silk Floss Tree
Common Name(s) Kapok, Floss Silk Tree
Synonym
Description The Silk floss tree with pale green leaves palmately divided into 5-7 pointed leaflets. The young trees start out growing fast, straight, and narrow, then slowly develop broadly spreading umbrella canopies as they age. The bulbous green trunk is covered with big blunt warty triangular spines and turns gray as the tree gets older. Silk Floss trees typically drop their leaves just before they put on their spectacular autumn display of five-petaled flowers. The petals vary from pale pink to rose to purple or burgundy at the tips and grade into ivory with brownish spots or blotches at the base.
General Comments This tree does not do well in competition with lawn grasses. The seedpod silk has been used to stuff cushions.
Origin
Nativity South America
Height Range 30 - 60 FT
Spread Range 30 - 60 FT
Flower Showy Y
Warning
Sunset Zones 12 : 13 : 15 : 16 : 17 : 18 : 19 : 20 : 21 : 22 : 23 : 24
USDA Zones
Leaf Color Medium Green
Leaf Texture Coarse
Form Shrub : Small Tree : Tree
Flower Color Pink : Purple : Rose Pink
Flower Time Fall
Months
Ease of Growing Average
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun)
Soil Preferences Well-drained
Watering Preferences Medium
Outstanding Features Color : Flower : Form : Thorns

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