Keeping this in view, why does the silk floss tree have thorns?
One functional adaptation to the environment is that the tree developed thorns to discourage animals from climbing up the tree and damaging their trunk or bark especially at an early age when they’re more vulnerable.
Similarly one may ask, are silk floss trees poisonous?
Is the Silk Floss Tree Toxic? All parts of the tree are toxic, and it has been known to kill cattle in its native Argentina.
Where do ceiba trees grow?
Ceiba trees grow in both wet evergreen and dry semi-deciduous tropical forests. Ceiba pentandra is native throughout the American tropics, from Mexico through Central America and south to Peru, Bolivia and Brazil, as well as in West Africa. All other members of the genus only occur in the neotropics.
Growing Conditions and General Care
It tolerates some light shade, but flowers best is in full sun. Trees with established root systems have some drought tolerance. The leaves drop when temperatures sink below 27 °F (-3 °C). Care of Silk Floss Tree should include moderate irrigation with a reduction in the winter.
Grow Kapok Trees in full sun and well-draining soil in a position sheltered from strong winds. During winter or dry season, it sheds its leaves and requires less water than during the vegetative season. After the dry season, the creamy-white to pinkish coloured flowers appear before leaf-growth.
Toborochi tree is native to Argentina and Brazil with beautiful pink or white flowers, and could be cultivated in zones 9b through 11 of US. Toborochi tree also called “arbol botella”, “palo borracho”, and “silver floss tree”.
Planting a silk floss tree should occur in full to part sun in well drained, moist, fertile soil. Care of silk floss tree should include moderate irrigation with a reduction in the winter. Transplants are readily available in climate suitable areas or seeds can be sown from spring to early summer.
It was a beautiful year for flowering redbud trees this spring. The pink flowers seemed to go on and on. As in past years, the question arises as to why redbud trees flower on the trunk or on large branches.