Chorisia speciosa /Silk Floss Tree, Floss Silk Tree,

Chorisia speciosa  / Chorisia speciosa
Specimen tree in a dormant state
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Specimen tree in a dormant state

Green trunk with warty thorns

Close-up view of thorns on green trunk

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Scientific Name: Chorisia speciosa
Common Name: Silk Floss Tree, Floss Silk Tree,
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Bloom time: Fall
Flower color: Pink, Red, Purple
Fruit present: Winter
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: This is a tropical tree which produces exotic flowers during the fall. It is native to Brazil and Argentina. Keep trees a bit on the dry side during the summer months. It produces a palmately compound leaf that is divided into five to seven pointed leaflets. Bulbous trunks are covered with warty, triangular spines. Trees normally drop their leaves before coming into flower. Pea shaped pods are filled with many seeds covered in silky white floss, thus the common name.