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.
Garden origin
9b to 10
30 feet x 40 feet
$22.50 Gallon #Y07-91  In stock

Notes and observations about this plant

Quick growing with character.
I bought one of these trees and grew it in a pot for one year, until I was able to plant it out in the summer. It was about 3-1/2 feet tall when I planted it, and after one year it is 7 feet tall and beautiful. I love the spikes, they really give the tree character. Some people say when one of these trees grows large you can here water flowing when you press your ear to the trunk. (Posted on 8/1/2015 by Ruthie).
Botanical name change
The correct name now is Ceiba speciosa. (Posted on 11/19/2010 by Mary).

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