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Chorisia speciosa (100 seeds)


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Chorisia speciosa (Bombaceae). silk floss tree, kapok, floss silk tree, ceiba del brasil. Silk floss tree is an awkwardly branched 9.1-18.3 m) 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. The flowers are followed by pear shaped capsules filled with many seeds embedded in silky white floss. Sowing: Sow seeds in springtime. Locality: Ex Hort. Harvest: May 2023