pseudobombax ellipticum
pseudobombax ellipticum
pseudobombax ellipticum
pseudobombax ellipticum
pseudobombax ellipticum
pseudobombax ellipticum
pseudobombax ellipticum
pseudobombax ellipticum
pseudobombax ellipticum

pseudobombax ellipticum

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pseudobombax ellipticum

(This plant comes in a 3.5 inch pot. All of our plants are grown under the same conditions, although not all the plants are the same. You will receive a similar plant in size and shape to the ones in the pictures. Our plants are hand-picked and carefully selected to bring you the best quality possible. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date, or have special instructions, please add a note at the checkout . The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).

Pseudobombax ellipticum

Pseudobombax ellipticum, best known as Bombax ellipticum, is a fabulously attractive fast-growing deciduous tree with a smooth green caudiciform trunk that can reach 18(-20) m in height. Coveted for it's unique brush-like flowers in late winter, the leaves are an attraction as well. This is a fine shade tree as well as a show stopper bloomer suitable for bonsai treatment as well.
Trunk: Smooth, green marbled with gray, semi-succulent up to 1.3 m in diameter often bulging and specialized for water storage. Its branches are close to the base and the new twigs are bright green.

Cultivation and Propagation: This magnificent flowering tree is an excellent grower and extremely easy to take care. If planted in a tropical area with good soil and given plenty of water it can get really big but it can also make a great houseplants. If kept potted and trimmed the tree can be kept around 1 m in height.
A caudex will form (fat base) sometimes resembling a turtle shell. Psedobombax are grown in full to partial sun.
Watering: It like plenty of water. Never let it dry out completely or you'll have a dead plant. Then again, don't over water either or you'll have a rotten one. It is a deciduous tree and will loose its leaves in the winter. It should be kept a little dry at this time. In the spring, summer and early autumn you should increase the water.
Hardines: It is a tender tropical specie that should survive minimum temperatures down to -7° C for short periods of time (especially if dry) but it is best to protect it when the temperatures fall bellow 0° C. If you live in frost prone areas than you have to grow it in pots. Its very sensitive to hot summer sun while kept as a potted plant.
Pruning: After the flowers are gone, the leaves will sprout and if it is needed you can trim the tree. This plant like to grow as a tree and don't need any pruning, but you may cut every year the branches so the trunk base (caudex) would get larger.
Propagation: It is propagated by seeds and cuttings. Seeds are apable of germinating under partial shade but will eventually die without direct sunlight. The cuttings, 40 -100 cm in length and 2-5 cm in diameter, are easily rooted when planted in bags of sand and watered daily or when planted directly in the field.


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Wayne M.
United States United States
Cute Plant

shipped fine and is in good shape, placed it in a dappled sun/shade environment so it won't burn

United States United States
It’s one of my favorites

So when I bought this plant I thought it was interesting, but it has now become one of my favorites! It’s a very good grower. I notice leaves that are bigger in just one day! I’ve had it for 2 weeks or so and watched it nearly double in size! Brava Planet Desert!

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Mary O.
United States United States
The most beautiful plant, ever

Truly this plant arrived so healthy and brimming with potential. So beautifully shaped for a young plant. I can’t wait to see it develop. Excellent specimen.

Bob G.
United States United States

The plant arrived soon after ordering it and was packed well - had a few green leaves. I transplanted it and it seems to be doing very well.

Javier C.
United States United States

amazing i love it