Top Questions About Silk Floss Tree

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Questions About Silk Floss Tree

Asked by
KlausWills on
May 12, 2017
Santa Barbara CA, 93111

Q. Pruning silk floss tree

My silk floss tree is at least 40 feet high with a spread of at least that much. How should it be pruned?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 15, 2017
Certified Expert
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I would suggest you consult a qualified Arborist to tackle pruning a rare tree.
My research show pruning is only needed if you need to increase air circulation and you can remove up to 25 percent of the canopy. Pruning will result in loss of flowers for a few years.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/silk-floss/floss-silk-tree-planting.htm

http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/database/documents/pdf/tree_fact_sheets/chospea.pdf

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Asked by
saragardener on
September 13, 2017
Miami Beach

Q. silk floss tree after hurricane damage

My very large, mature silk floss tree is tipped but not down from hurricane winds in Miami Beach. The top branches are blocking the entrance to my second floor deck and will have to be removed. I will be there in 5 days. How many feet of trunk should I leave, and can I push it back upright and support it with a piece of wood?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
September 13, 2017
Certified Expert
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It is best to only take off what you need. Leave as much as you possibly can to ensure its survival. You can definitely prop the tree back up with something whether it be a board, or tie it up with soft rope. I believe this tree will survive if given the proper care.

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Asked by
lorilash1 on
October 21, 2017
9

Q. kapok tree

I have a floss silk/Kapok tree in my yard. Tree is apx 10 yrs old, 15 tall. It has never had a full bloom. There are others in the area and are beautiful when they bloom. We had 1 flower last yr. I spotted it after I threatened to chop the tree down. The tree was purchased for the flowering aspect. I read that you could add bone meal to the dirt and that would help.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
October 21, 2017
Certified Expert
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Yes that would help. Any fertilizer high in potassium and phosphorus will do it some good. Alternatively, the soil pH could be too low. In this case you can add dolomitic lime to the area. This will help buffer it back. Her is an article for more information on the tree:https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/silk-floss/floss-silk-tree-planting.htm

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Asked by
ksdpierce on
April 28, 2018
33021

Q. leaf season on silk floss tree

I planted a silk floss tree in south Florida full sun in February taking care to water daily at first. The tree has no leaves at the end of April. When will leaves begin to show?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
April 29, 2018
Certified Expert
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It should have already begun to show signs of life by now. It should only be watered when the soil is almost completely dry. These are somewhat drought tolerant, and can get fungal infections in wet soil pretty easily.

You can test to see if it is still alive by breaking just the tip off of a branch. If it is brittle, and brown inside, then go down until you find living tissue. If there is none, and the whole tree is brittle, then it is likely dead.

I would treat the area with wettable sulfur and dolomitic lime. This will kill off any infection in the soil, as well as recondition the pH back to a more suitable condition.

After this, you can replant, or wait for the tree to come back if it is still alive.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 19, 2018

Q. Silk floss tree

I have a 9 year old silk floss that this year, after finishing leafing out, is dropping a sap type substance. Little white droplets are appearing on a shade umbrella under the tree and all over the ground. It has never done this before. Is this normal? What can I do to stop it?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 19, 2018
Certified Expert
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This is likely a pest issue; Scale insects are common on a Silk Floss Tree.

The substance that is being dropped by the tree is called Honeydew and is the bugs secretions.

Neem Oil is a good treatment.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/silk-floss/floss-silk-tree-planting.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/control-plant-scale.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
lebourn on
September 13, 2018
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Q. Floss silk tree

Something is eating the edges of the leaves on my Floss Silk tree. I don’t see any bugs, but maybe they come out at night. What spray or drench is safe for that species?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
September 17, 2018
Certified Expert
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It could be an insect, but it could also be a fungal infection. Do you have any more evidence of damage or anything?

It can be best to consult with your local extension service, as they can best help you with problems local to your area.

This link will help you to find the closest one to you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search

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