Chorisia speciosa, a tree with beautiful flowers

Ceiba speciosa flower

The tree known as Palo borracho or Palo rosa, called with the scientific name Chorisia speciosa, it is a fast growing plant ideal to have in medium-large gardens. With its 15 meters high and with a trunk diameter of up to 6m, it is one of those species that needs a lot of space to grow, and to look very pretty.

But How is this spectacular tree cared for? How do you get it to produce a large number of flowers every year?

Characteristics of the Chorisia speciosa

ceiba speciosa

La Chorisia speciosa o ceiba speciosa, is a deciduous tree native to Brazil, Paraguay and Northeast Argentina. Its leaves are alternate, pamaticomposite, with long petioles up to 6-8cm in length. The flowers, which appear towards the end of the summer, are bicolor, pink with a white and yellow interior. Once they are pollinated, the fruit begins to ripen, which is a very hard capsule inside which are the seeds wrapped in cottony fibers.

The trunk acquires the shape of a bottle as it develops, and is covered with spikes more or less thick that protect it with which you have to be careful.

How do you take care of yourself?

Trunk of the Ceiba speciosa

If you want to have a beautiful specimen all year round, follow our advice:

  • Location: outside, in full sun.
  • Irrigation: 2 to 3 times a week in summer; every 4-5 days the rest of the year.
  • Pruning: It's not necesary.
  • Transplant: in spring.
  • Land: it is not demanding, but it will grow better in those that have good drainage.
  • Subscriber: During spring and summer it is highly recommended to fertilize with fertilizers, whether mineral or organic. One that is quickly effective is guano in liquid form, but it is necessary to follow the directions specified on the package.
  • Plagues and diseases: it is very resistant to its attacks, so it does not usually have any problem.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in spring. Direct sowing in seedbed.
  • Rusticity: supports weak frosts down to -4ºC.

Enjoy your tree 🙂.


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