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Silk Floss Tree
Scientific Name: Chorisia speciosa St. Hil.
Family: Bombacaceae
Silk Floss Tree (Chorisia  speciosa) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 12-25,27
USDA: 9-12

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 20F (-7C), young trees are more frost sensitive

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Brazil

Growth Habits: Deciduous tree, up to 60 feet tall (18 m), 30 feet wide (9 m); gray to green trunk with impressive conical spines; light green palmately compound leaves

Watering Needs: Occasional deep watering when established. 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.

Silk Floss Tree (Chorisia  speciosa)

Silk Floss Tree (Chorisia speciosa), U.S.D.A. Drawing, courtesy Hunt Institute

Blooming Habits:
Magnificent pink flowers in the fall, 3 inches in diameter (8 cm) or more.

Fruiting Habits:

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