Chorisia speciosa, Open Pollinated Seedlings
Silk floss seedlings! Chorisia speciosa is native to Southeastern Brazil and Northeastern Argentina where the climate is tropical to subtropical and they seldom experience hard frosts. The overall shape of mature trees is irregular and umbrella-like. The tree's bark is normally an acid green color but can turn grayish on old specimens. Its trunk usually has a fattened appearance and is covered with thick, triangular, warty spines. Exotic looking flowers occur in the fall once the tree goes deciduous. They are hibiscus-like in form and come in varying shades of pink. These seedlings we are offering come from a tree that is cultivated in the native range of Chorisia insignis, which has cream to white colored flowers. Since the bloom times of these two species can overlap the possibility of hybridization is great. The flowers of hybrids between these two species are reportedly quite attractive and can vary between cream, pink and lavender often highlighted with burgundy colored throats. There is no certainty of flower color with these seedlings, but uncertainty in this case can only lead to a potentially spectacular surprise.
Notes and observations about this plant
- Botanical name change by Mary
- The correct name now is Ceiba speciosa. (Posted on 11/19/10)