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 Post subject: Chorisia speciosa question
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:51 pm 
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Is there any way of telling if a Chorisia speciosa will lose it's fantastic trunk "spines"? Are there sub species of the tree?
I'm going to have my seedling live in Tucson, AZ(I have seen a beauty(35-45 feet tall) at Gene Joseph's and Jane Evans' "Plants for the Southwest" in Tucson.
Any info greatly appreciated.
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Hey Ed,
There are a few flower variations of Ceiba/Chorisia Speciosa. Some links are below.

http://tree-species.blogspot.com/2007/1 ... tions.html
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/BODY_ST162

There are a few varieties and cultivars of this beautiful tree:
C. Speciosa
C. Speciosa 'Majestic Beauty'
C. Speciosa 'Mongel'
C. Speciosa 'Monsa'
C. Speciosa Angel = 'Mongel'
C. Speciosa Majestic Beauty = 'Monsa'
C. Speciosa v. Minor
C. Speciosa v. Paraguariensis

...just to name a few. I do not know which bloom from links coordinate with the species though. :(

The only way to lose spines is freezing of the main stem, which rips the outer bark, removing the spines around that area. For an example of this...check out the many C. Speciosa at Bach's on your next visit. They (spines) are also more fragile than they appear, easily being knocked off with a firm touch or hit.

Certainly a stunning and unique landscape addition. Take care in frost, besides that, a pretty easy one to care for. It may need to be slowly acclimated to take the "full" Tucson sun out in your yard. Mine seem to continually get crisped edges on the foliage during the heat of the summer. Thats on top of being watered daily in their containers! Hope that helped.

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 Post subject: WOW!
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:18 pm 
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A. J.,
WoW!!! I had no idea there were so many cultivars or variations. I thought it was only one tree. I was graciously given a seedling last fall from a forum member in the Bay Area and have kept it inside until Real Spring hits. I'll then repot, fertilize and water like crazy. He said it should grow very fast. I acclimate all plants that have not had the pleasure of one of our summers.
FWI--Even the Ferocactus wislizeni and Echinocereus we rescue need protection(with cheesecloth usually) for a season or two while they get readjusted to their new home.
Thanks,
Ed

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