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PlantFiles: White Floss Silk Tree
Ceiba insignis

Family: Bombacaceae
Genus: Ceiba (SAY-buh) (Info)
Species: insignis (in-SIG-nis) (Info)

Synonym:Chorisia insignis

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive PCVTX8b On Feb 10, 2006, PCVTX8b from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have been able to baby this plant in my zone (9a), but it has taken a couple of hits and lost the lead trunk. There are a few spikes on the remaining trunk and small ones on the main limbs. I get a fantastic showing of white flowers in late October.

Neutral plantluver123 On Mar 15, 2005, plantluver123 from Lacey, WA wrote:

if anyone has a couple of seeds that they could give to me. i really love this tree. in my opinion its pretty.

Positive bubsgarden On Feb 4, 2005, bubsgarden from Miami, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a great plant- if you want a wierdo, that is! It does not have dense foliage; actually hardly any leaves at all, and is grown for clusters of 1/4"-2" thorns on a bright green trunk. I have been personally trying to find a small one of these to grow in my garden, and I recommend it for a place in the garden in need of a eye-catching tree, but where shade is not necessary. Definately a POSITIIVE!

Positive palmbob On Jul 22, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Like its more popular cousin, the pink Floss Silk Tree, this one has a green and variably spiny trunk. This species almost always has a very spiny trunk, while you can find many C speciosas with smooth green trunks. C insignis also tends to 'bottle-up' more than the other species (see photos). It is commonly used in xeriscaping as a bizzare interest point.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Scottsdale, Arizona
Arcadia, California
Bostonia, California
Encino, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Bartow, Florida
Bradley, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Groveland, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Miami, Florida
North Fort Myers, Florida
Port Richey, Florida
Sanford, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Houston, Texas

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