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.
The flower labeled Shaving Brush Tree is ...