Truly an interesting specimen, the silk floss tree has many cool attributes. The tree blossoms in fall, unlike most flowering trees that bloom in spring or summer. It’s a nice addition to have something blooming a couple of times a year and it loses all of its leaves and when it is full sized (50 feet tall and wide,) This is a tree that will stop traffic.
It is very fast growing and has a trunk and roots that is almost banyan like without the same invasive character of a banyan.
The trunk and lower branches are covered in very cool, medieval looking spikes, originally produced to keep Amazonian monkeys from eating the bark and killing the tree.
After flowering, the seed pods have a inner filling of white “silk,” for which it is named.
These can be hard to germinate, therefore I only have one plant until the next blooming season. Last photo is of the actual plant, which is 7' tall in a large pot.
Hardy to USDA Zones 9-11
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