Ceiba pentandra;/Kapok, Silk Cotton Tree

Ceiba pentandra; / Ceiba pentandra;
Heavily armed green trunks and branches
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Heavily armed green trunks and branches

Specimen growing in a private garden in Mobile, AL

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Scientific Name: Ceiba pentandra;
Common Name: Kapok, Silk Cotton Tree
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White, Pink
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: High
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This is a tropical tree associated with rain forest and moist areas in drier landscapes of Central and South America. It produces palmately compound leaves with five to eight leaflets. Large, bell-shaped flowers are quite pungent and attract bats, hummingbirds, bees and wasps. Large seed pods contain many hard seeds.