Tree Cotton, Creole Cotton, Sea Island Cotton
Gossypium barbadense

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gossypium (gos-SIP-ee-um) (Info)
Species: barbadense (bar-buh-DEN-see) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Blue-Green

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Rincon, Georgia

Kihei, Hawaii

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Neutral

On Sep 22, 2009, seedemon from Rincon, GA wrote:

I don't want to make this "negative" because the cotton plant I bought is growing so amazingly tall- almost 6 feet tall- beautiful big green leaves, but this is what I need help with- anyone who knows please reply- it has never given out with a single flower or pod. What do I have to do to get flowers and pods? It has been growing all summer and now it is fall, and so there has been plenty of time. In fact, my Southern Gossypium already has had pods ripen. Is this barbadense variety male and female? Advise please! Thanks!

Neutral

On Oct 29, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

globoid shrub to tree that is used in medicine a lot for its production of Gossypol, which has antifungal, antitumor and other medicinal uses.