Chorisia speciosa

Silk-floss Tree

In Stock: 0.873 lb (Total:0.873lb)
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0.87 lb


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Cut (Full Seed)
Seeds per lb:
0.87 lb
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 1/2" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist but not wet

Other: Germination tends to be slow, Germinates faster in warmer temperatures. 

Introducing the beautiful Chorisia speciosa Silk-floss Tree! This deciduous tree is native to the tropical and subtropical forests of South America and belongs to the same family as the baobab and kapok. It grows fast, reaching over 25 meters in height, and is resistant to drought and moderate cold. Its unique bottle-shaped trunk is adorned with thick, sharp conical prickles that deter wild animals from climbing the tree. The silk floss tree is highly regarded for its ornamental purposes, often planted along urban streets in subtropical regions across the globe. The tree's creamy-whitish flowers, measuring 10 to 15 centimeters in diameter, attract insect pollinators and hummingbirds alike. The fruit's cotton-like fluff, while not of the same quality as the kapok tree's, has many practical uses such as stuffing, packaging, and even in canoes. The seeds can be used to obtain vegetable oil, both edible and industrially useful. The Chorisia speciosa Silk-floss Tree is a breathtaking addition to any garden and will enchant admirers with its unique features and practical uses.

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