Synonym: Chorisia speciosa
Floss Silk Tree
Fast-growing tree to 30-60ft tall. It grows very well in both tropical and subtropical climates, and is a popular street tree, due to its beautiful blooms. The trunk is also unique, containing numerous prominent spines. Leaves drop during flowering time. Can be grown for bonsai. Grow in well-drained soil. Trees do not need a lot of water, particularly during flowering. Commonly planted as an ornamental. The silk from the fruits is used to stuff pillows but is regrettably unable to be spun into thread.