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Silk Floss Tree

Ceiba Speciosa Trees (Chorisia Speciosa Trees)
Silk Floss Tree

Ceiba Speciosa Trees (Chorisia Speciosa Trees)<br>Silk Floss TreeCeiba speciosa (formerly known as Chorisia speciosa), also called the Silk Floss Tree, is known for its remarkably thorny trunk, its striking magenta/white flowers, and its floss and silk filled seed pods. It is an excellent tree for low water use and drought-resistant gardens. Native to the northeast of Argentina, eastern Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and southern Brazil, it is also resistant to moderate cold. 

Ceiba speciosa grows irregular branches, up to 30-60 ft. tall, with pale green leaves that spreading palmate into 5-7 pointed leaflets. Younger trees of Ceiba speciosa start out growing fast, straight, and narrow. Over time, Ceiba speciosa develops a broadly spreading umbrella canopy from a thick trunk, covered with large thorns. Silk Floss Trees typically drop some or all of their leaves in late autumn, just before they put on their spectacular display of five-petaled flowers.

Ceiba speciosa flowers range in color from pale pink to rose to purple or burgundy at the tips and grade into ivory with brownish spots or blotches at the base. The flowers are followed by large pear shaped pods bearing numerous seeds embedded in silky white floss.






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Ceiba Speciosa Trees (Chorisia Speciosa Trees)
Silk Floss Tree