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