Saturday, May 11, 2013

Pseudobombax ellipticum – Shaving Brush Tree

General Information
Common Name Shaving Brush Tree
Scientific Name Pseudobombax ellipticum
Sun Tolerance Full Sun
Height 6-12 m (20-40 ft)
Spread 4-6 m (15-20 ft)
Growth Rate Fast
Bloom Time Spring
Color Green
Flower Color Red, White
Type Tree
Native Southern Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras
Classification
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Malvales
Family Bombacaceae – Kapok-tree family
Genus Pseudobombax - Dugand
Species P. ellipticum


Pseudobombax ellipticum – Shaving Brush Tree
Pseudobombax ellipticum  commonly known as Shaving Brush Tree one of the beautiful trees from tropical area of southern Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Generally it grows 20-40 ft (6 – 12 m). Sometimes it can grow up to 60 ft (18m). Leaves are first bright red turning a fine green as they mature. It blooms flowers in Spring. The Flowers are silky and two types colors. Some trees bloom red flowers and some white flowers. They are looking so beautiful when they are in full bloom. The wood is interesting as well, showing stripping of greens, yellows, browns and white. For this reason the people of Central America plant the tree in their garden and the attractive flowers are used to decorate their homes and churches. The tree is grown as an ornamental in Florida and Hawaii. The Shaving brush tree is especially cute when it's young - having a bulb like swollen stem that look like a green rock melon. The trees also used as firewood and wood for carving handicrafts. The tree may be used as living fence in rural areas.
The fruits are collected manually from the tree before opening and dried to extract the seeds. The small seeds are
manually separated from the fibers and stored under cool and dry conditions. Pseudobombax ellipticum is propagated by seeds and cuttings. Seeds require sunny locations for germination. The cuttings, 40 to 100 cm in length and 2 to 5 cm in diameter, are easily rooted when planted in bags of sand and watered daily or when planted directly in the field.


Pseudobombax ellipticum – Shaving Brush Tree : Flower Red

Pseudobombax ellipticum – Shaving Brush Tree : Flower White




Pseudobombax ellipticum – Shaving Brush Tree

Pseudobombax ellipticum – Shaving Brush Tree : Full Tree

Pseudobombax ellipticum – Shaving Brush Tree

Pseudobombax ellipticum – Shaving Brush Tree

Pseudobombax ellipticum – Shaving Brush Tree : Leaves

Pseudobombax ellipticum – Shaving Brush Tree : Beautiful Trunk

Pseudobombax ellipticum – Shaving Brush Tree

Pseudobombax ellipticum – Shaving Brush Tree

Pseudobombax ellipticum – Shaving Brush Tree : Young Plant

Pseudobombax ellipticum – Shaving Brush Tree



4 comments:

Anonymous said...

where can you buy one of these?

Anonymous said...

I found it at http://www.freundfloweringtrees.com/pseudobombax-ellipticum-shaving-brush.html
If you are near Galveston I will give you a cutting

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