So you may or may not already know, that I am an unapologetic plant nerd, and that I brake for show-stopping trees in full bloom. High on my list of show-stopping trees is the Silk Floss (Chorisia speciosa syn. Ceiba speciosa). Described as “spectacular” when in full bloom, its canopy of orchid-shaped pink flowers appearing in late-fall to early-winter, is impossible to ignore.
But wait – there’s more! As if a canopy of perfectly pink flowers was not enough for plant-lovers to behold, the trunk on this beauty has probably one of the most unusual features in ‘plant-world’; it’s full of cone-shaped thorns, resembling blisters.
And although truly awe-inspiring, “gardener beware” – this is a very large tree, growing up to 50 ft. tall and 55 ft. wide. It can also be described as a ‘messy tree’, due to the shedding of spent blooms and fruit, which may require additional landscape maintenance. Interesting fact: the silky plant fibers present in the fruit, were historically used as pillow stuffing.
Learn more: Chorisia speciosa