Spectacular Silk Floss Tree!

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Thorny Trunk of Tree Thorny Trunk of Tree

Tree in Early Spring Tree in Early Spring

Close-up of Branches and Pods Close-up of Branches and Pods

Pod Bursting Open to Reveal Silk Pod Bursting Open to Reveal Silk

Cottony Silk Ball on Tree Cottony Silk Ball on Tree

The Silk Floss Tree is spectacular year round!  It is native to Brazil and Argentina, and can be quickly recognized by its spiny trunk.  In Fall the tree drops its leaves and becomes covered with clouds of pink flowers.  The lily-like flowers produce rich nectar and attract abundant butterflies.  By early spring (before leafing out) it is covered with avocado-like seed pods filled with cottony silk.  This exotic tree puts on quite a show!  It grows well in mild climates like Florida and California.  I want to plant one soon!

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