CHORISIA FLOSS SILK TREE

FAMILY: Bombacaceae

TYPE
  • Evergreen
  • Trees
  • Deciduous
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

Native to South America. Heavy trunk is studded with thick spines; it is green in youth, turns gray with age. Leaves divided into 5 inches-long leaflets like fingers of a hand; they drop during autumn flowering or whenever temperatures fall below 27F. Large, showy flowers somewhat resemble narrow-petaled hibiscus blooms. Fast drainage and controlled watering are keys to success. Water established trees about once a month during the growing season; ease off in late summer to encourage more flowers. Need little pruning except to remove wayward or dead growth.

white floss silk tree

C. insignis

  • To 50 feet tall and wide.
  • White to pale yellow, 5- to 6 inches flowers.
  • Blooms from fall into winter; stopped by frost.

C. speciosa

  • Grows 35 feet a year for first few years, then more slowly to an eventual 3050 feet tall and wide.
  • Blooms in fall, bearing pink, purplish rose, or burgundy flowers to 4 inches or more across.
  • Grafted selections include 'Los Angeles Beautiful', with wine-red flowers, and 'Majestic Beauty', a thornless selection bearing rich pink blooms.

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