AZ Arboretums

Chorisia insignis

Floss silk tree

Common: Floss silk tree, White floss silk tree, Kapok, Drunken tree
Family: Bombacaceae
Origin: Native to South America
Sunset Zone: 12, 13, 15-24
Light: Full sun
Soil: Needs fast drainage
Water: Once established, water monthly. Controlled watering is key to success.

South American tree growing to 50 feet. Heavy trunk studded with thick heavy spines. Young trunks are green, becoming gray with age.

Leaves divided into leaflets like fingers of a hand, falling when temperatures drop below 27 degrees F.

Flowers white to pale yellow, 5-6 inches across. Blooms from fall into winter; flowering is stopped by frost.