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Ceiba pentandra

Kapok tree

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Features

  • BloomsFebruary to March
  • Height20m to 75m
  • Spread4m to 26m
  • Growth HabitPyramidal
  • Flower ColourYellow, white, pink
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Ceiba pentandra (Kapok tree). A tall spreading pyramidal deciduous tree, found in South America and Africa; it is the tallest tree found on the continent of Africa. It's young trunk is spiny and it's branches are horizontal. Pretty cup-shaped flowers are either white, yellow or pale pink flowers and is followed by 15 cm long fruit.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Tree

Origin

W.Africa

Interest and use

Grown for their overall appearance and for shade.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light, Medium, Low salinity
  • WaterMoist

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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