Pseudobombax ellipticum shaving-brush tree
The green bark of this tree is similar to that of the nearby Chorisia speciosa, but without the spikes. The tree, named for its showy 6-inch-long flowers with many 4-inch stamens, can grow to 30 feet in the wild but is shorter in cultivation. In 2003, a tree was planted at the edge of the Arizona Garden, on the side closest to Palm Drive.
About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. Family updated from Bombacaceae to Malvaceae Jan 2018 (SP).