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Bombax or Red Silk Cotton Tree

Bombax ceiba


Very large red blossoms bloom on bare branches in the winter. The blossoms are rich with nectar and once shed by the tree small animals eat the blossoms. Seed pods yield silky kapok.


Tropical climate.


These photos were shot at Koreshan State Historic Site in Estero,FL. Information obtained from Wikipedia.

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Anna Wilson
Anna Wilson 12 years ago

Yes it does have thorns =) it was quite adore to see a bare tree with those magnificent blooms!

alicelongmartin 12 years ago

Was the trunk Thorny? I planted a Bombax tree that blooms in October but it has pink blossoms, not red.

Anna Wilson
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Anna Wilson

Ft. Myers, Florida

Spotted on Mar 22, 2011
Submitted on Jul 28, 2011

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