Pink Silk Floss Tree

Ceiba speciosa syn. Chorisia speciosa

A graceful and fascinating tree with long emerald-green pinnate leaves ornamented with stunning large pink flowers that start in late summer and continue into autumn on bare wood. Large attractive seed pods follow containing silky kapok, much sought after historically for stuffing and padding. The unique swollen bottle-like trunk features prominent decorative thorns while young. The amazing 'Kapok' in the ravine at Heronswood is definitely worth a visit.

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Pink Silk Floss Tree

The spectacular Silk Floss Tree, formerly known as Chorisia speciosa, is a highly ornamental medium sized tree that deserves a place in any garden. Its distinctive bottle-shaped trunk with its thorny exterior provides an intriguing textural element, while the canopy of vibrant pink and white orchid-like flowers are a sight to behold in late summer and autumn. This South American native copes well in our dry climate, being drought and coast tolerant once established. The attractive seed pods of Ceiba speciosa produce a silk like substance that was historically used as stuffing for pillows, mattresses and life jackets up until the advent of synthetic fibres.

How to grow

Full sun or part shade, free-draining soil. Fast growing when young. Drought and coast tolerant but enjoys supplementary watering during extended dry periods. Allow room for the spreading canopy to develop.

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