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White Silk Floss Tree
Scientific Name: Chorisia insignis HBK
Synonym:
Family: Bombacaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 12,13,15-24
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 20F (-7C)

Sun Exposure: Part sun to full sun

Origin: Southern Brazil, Argentina

Growth Habits: Deciduous tree, up to 60 feet tall (18 m), 30 feet wide (9 m); bottle-shaped trunk, up to 6 feet in diameter (1.8 m); palmate leaves, 5 to 7 leaflets up to 3.2 inches long (8 cm)

Watering Needs: Occasional deep watering when established, monthly in summer in the low deserts. Need a good drainage.

Propagation: Seeds


The trunk becomes bottle shaped as it ages, and it is covered with stout spines, more decorative than really frightening.

Blooming Habits:
White to creamy yellow lily-like flowers in the fall and winter, up to 2.4 inches in diameter (6 cm) or more, 2 to 3 inches long (5-7.5 cm).

Fruiting Habits:
Pear shaped capsules, 5 inches long (12.5 cm), containing a silky floss coming out of the seeds.

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