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Shaving Brush Tree
Scientific Name: Pseudobombax ellipticum (Humb., Bonpl. & Kunth) Dugand
Synonym: Bombax ellipticum
Family: Bombacaceae
Shaving Brush Tree (Pseudobombax  ellipticum)
Bombax ellipticum at the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum greenhouse
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-12

Sun Exposure: Light shade

Origin: Eastern Mexico

Growth Habits: Deciduous pachycaul tree, up to 12 feet tall (3.6 m)

Watering Needs:


Pseudobombax ellipticum is a pachycaul tree, forming rapidly a swollen base. It belongs to the Bombacaceae family with the Floss Silk, Kapok, and the Baobab. The flower are a thick brush of pink stamens, hence the name Shaving Brush Tree.

Bombax ellipticum in Art Pacheco's collection

Shaving Brush Tree (Pseudobombax  ellipticum)

Blooming Habits:
The flower are a thick brush of pink stamens, hence the name Shaving Brush Tree. They come in winter before the leaves.

Fruiting Habits:

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