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Silk Floss Tree

Common Name:   ‘Monsa’ Floss Silk Tree, Silk Floss Tree, "Kapok tree"

Botanical Name:   Ceiba speciosa, formerly Chorisia speciosa

Family:  Bombacaceae

Plant Type:  Deciduous tree

Origin: Brazil, Argentina

Zones: 9 - 11 (saplings are sensitive to frost, but mature trees can tolerate temperatures
to 20 degrees F for short periods of time).

Height:  35 to 50' -- width about the same so give it room

Rate of Growth: Fast the first couple years, then slows considerably

Salt Tolerance: Medium

Soil Requirements:  Well drained, moist, fertile humus

Water Requirements: Water moderately, less water in winter

Nutritional Requirements: Balanced liquid fertilizer monthly

Light Requirements: Full sun

Form:  Round

Leaves: Alternate, 5-7-palmate leaves

Flowers:  Open, funnel-shaped flowers in October-November

Fruits: Woody pods filled with fluffy silk

Pests:  Young plants affected by scale insects

Uses:  Specimen tree, recommended for buffer strips around parking lots or for
median strip plantings in the highway, shade tree, residential street tree

Bad Habits: Leaf drop, fruit (pods) hard on lawn mowers and should be picked up
before cutting turf under the tree

Propagation:   sow seeds from spring to early summer