Silk Floss Tree

Ceiba 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. The seed pods contain silky kapok, historically used for stuffing pillows, mattresses and life jackets up until the advent of synthetic fibres. The swollen bottle-like trunk features prominent decorative thorns while young. The amazing 'Kapok' in the ravine at Heronswood is definitely worth the visit.

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Silk Floss Tree

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. The seed pods contain silky kapok, historically used for stuffing pillows, mattresses and life jackets up until the advent of synthetic fibres. The swollen bottle-like trunk features prominent decorative thorns while young. The amazing 'Kapok' in the ravine at Heronswood is definitely worth the visit.

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Fast growing when young, plant in full sun or part shade. Water when required, especially during dry weather. Allow room to grow.

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