Silk Floss tree


Silk Floss tree

Ceiba speciosa

This tree is simply gorgeous. When it flowers, it drops all of its leaves and the entire tree is covered with pink blooms. We’ll plant one in the middle of the northern pasture so that it will be the showcase tree as guests come in to Siva Ashram. The others will be planted by our shrine to the deity Muruga and on the hill close to the retreat center.


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Quantity Needed: 5


Price: $55.00

Detailed Description

The silk floss tree (Ceiba speciosa, formerly Chorisia speciosa), is a species of deciduous tree native to the tropical and subtropical forests of South America. It has a host of local common names, such as palo borracho (in Spanish literally “drunken stick”). It belongs to the same family as the baobaband the kapok. Another tree of the same genusCeiba chodatii, is often referred to by the same common names.

It is resistant to drought and moderate cold. It grows fast in spurts when water is abundant, and sometimes reaches more than 25 metres (82 ft) in height. Its trunk is bottle-shaped, generally bulging in its lower third, measuring up to 2 metres (7 ft) in girth. It is studded with thick conical prickles which serve to store water for dry times. In younger trees, the trunk is green due to its high chlorophyll content, which makes it capable of performing photosynthesis when leaves are absent; with age it turns to gray.[2]

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