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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE 2
  • SYNONYMS Salmalia malabaricum, Gossampinus malabaricus, Bombax aculeatum, B. ceiba var. leiocarpum, B. heptaphyllum, B. malabaricum, B. thorelii, B. tussacii, Gossampinus malabarica, G. rubra, G. thorelii, Melaleuca grandiflora, Salmalia malabarica
  • ELEVATION RANGE
  • FAMILY Malvaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Large tree
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Drought tolerant
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Tolerates many soil types
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full Sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE None
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED Requires good drainage
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds & Vegetative

Bombax ceiba
(cotton tree, kapok tree, red silk cotton tree, bombax, semal, Assamese)

When in bloom, this tree makes a spectactular specimen. However, the seeds are poisonous if ingested and there are conical spines on the trunk. This tree has beautiful satiny red, scarlet and some times white petals growing up to 7" wide, and blooms in mid-spring. This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. Dried flowers are used to make tea and are an essential spice in kaeng khae curry. It is native to southeastern Asia.

Plant Uses

  • Specimen
  • Shade
  • Ornamental
  • Edible

Dangers

Thorns-Spines|Toxic to humans