Kapok Silk Cotton Tree (ceiba pentandra)

GARGANTUAN – This giant rain forest tree is capable of reaching massive heights over 200 feet at maturity. Known to be a super fast-growing tree, it can put on 40 inches or more in a growing season for the first 10 years, then slows down considerably to build more girth and bulk in subsequent years. The fresh white wood is extremely tender but slowly hardens with the trunk turning a silvery grey. Medium sized palmed leaves are 6 – 7 inches and glossy green with white or yellow variegation. Flowers are heavily scented, nocturnal bloomers with nectar, looking for pollination by bats, moths and bees and bloom in winter when the tree has lost its foliage. Due to the large above ground roots this awesome tree will require some well deserved space in your tropical garden.

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