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Ceiba pentandra (Variegated)


Ceiba pentandra (Variegated)

Family Name: Malvaceae

It is a cultivated variety of Ceiba pentandra and is highly ornamental due to the cream-green mottled patterns on the leaves.


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Species Summary

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Tree
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Tiered


Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a pagoda-shaped tree which produces white latex when injured.
Trunk It has sharp thorns on the trunk.
Foliage The leaves are spirally arranged and palmately compound. The leaflets have an attractive cream-green mottled pattern.
Fruit Fruit turns from green to brown and splits open when ripe. The seeds are embedded in woolly fibres (floss) which are dispersed by wind.
Etymology The genus Ceiba is from a vernacular South American name for the silk-cotton tree. The specific epithet pentandra, in Greek, refers to the five stamens on the flower.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, White
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.0 (Tree - Intermediate Canopy)

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Master ID 1505
Species ID 2798
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Species record last updated on: 31 December 2021.