Ceiba (Chorisia) speciosa
Ceiba (Chorisia) speciosa (Floss Silk Tree) - Semi-deciduous, grows 3-5 ft. a year for first few years, then more slowly to an eventual 30-60 ft. tall and wide. A heavy, spine-studded trunk. Clouds of large, showy flowers appear in autumn and are pink, purplish rose. Blooms resemble narrow-petaled hibiscus flowers. Leaves are divided into leaflets like fingers of a hand, dropping during autumn flower or whenever temperatures fall below 27F. Native to South America.