Floss Silk Tree
Central Florida’s Premiere Tree Installer, The Tree Planters located in Lakeland, is your #1 source for large, rare, and exotic palms and trees. At The Tree Planters, we have installed and transplanted thousands of large trees of every variety all over Florida for over 50 years. Every tree we sell, we plant. Every tree we plant, we guarantee for One Full Year.
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The exotic Floss Silk Tree features showy pink flowers, seed pods filled with fluffy white silk, and one of the most unique tree trunks in nature.
This tree has incredible “wow factor” for several reasons.
The thick trunk keeps its green color (see close-up below) and takes on a slightly bulbous shape as the plant matures. The trunk also develops amazing thorns like spiky medieval weaponry.
Pretty pink flowers cover the treetop in autumn, followed by large, pear-shaped seed pods that contain a silky “floss” embedded with small seeds. The silk was once used to stuff pillows.
Best on large properties or as a single specimen in a medium-sized yard, the floss silk should be planted well away from foot traffic and play areas because of the thorns.
These trees are fast growers when they’re young, slowing down to a more moderate pace as they mature, with an ultimate height of about 35 or 40 feet tall. Cold hardy anywhere in South Florida, the tree is deciduous (loses its leaves in winter).
But the unusual trunk and irregular branching pattern make it an interesting landscape feature all year round. Place in a full to part sun location.
Landscape uses for the floss silk tree
- single specimen tree
- lining a large driveway
- large anchor for a garden bed