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Ceiba Genus

Cotton tree

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Ceiba genus (Cotton tree). These are evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous trees. There are about 4 species. The leaves are large and palmate. The flowers are showy and are 5 petalled.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Trees

Other common names

Silk cotton tree

Origin

Americas, Africa, Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their overall appearance and for shade.

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 15C, and will requires full sun or light shade and fertile, moisture retentive but well drained soil. Pruning is tolerated if necessary.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mite under glass.

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