Shaving Brush Tree
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Shaving Brush Tree
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Shaving Brush Tree
Botanical name: Pseudobombax ellipticum      Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Synonyms: Bombax ellipticum

Native to Mexico, the Shaving Brush is a large deciduous tree which can grow up to 30-40 feet. In India it is widely mis-identified as Pachira rosea. Coveted for it's unique brush-like flowers in late winter (often February-March), the leaves are an attraction as well. Leaves are first bright red turning a fine green as they mature With minimal water requirements, this is a fine shade tree as well as a show stopper bloomer. Interestingly, this tree is suitable for bonsai treatment as well. Flowers have silky rose-pink stamens topped with yellow pollen The wood is interesting as well, showing stripping of greens, yellows, browns and white.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Delhi and Bangalore.

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