Pseudobombax ellipticum aka Shaving Brush Tree


Pseudobombax ellipticum, also known as Bombax ellipticum, is a species of plant in the subfamily Bombacoideae of the family Malvaceae. It is a deciduous tree with succulent green stems that can reach heights up to 18m in its natural habitat, but often forms a small tree or shrub up to 6m tall in cultivation. The tree features fragrant flowers that last for one day and appear before the leaves in spring. The flowers have green sepals that peel back to reveal long white or pink stamens, resembling a shaving brush. The tree also has large, palmate leaves composed of five rounded leaflets that can reach up to 30cm long and 18cm wide. The leaves emerge as a bronze-red color before maturing to green. The trunk of Pseudobombax ellipticum is smooth, green, and marbled with gray, with a semi-succulent texture. It can reach a diameter of up to 1.3m and is often bulging, specialized for water storage. The tree's branches are close to the base, and the new twigs are bright green. This fast-growing and attractive tree is coveted for its unique brush-like flowers in late winter and is also suitable for bonsai treatment. It serves as both a shade tree and a show-stopper bloomer.

Common names

Shaving Brush Tree, Bombax, Pink Shaving Brush Tree

How to care for Shaving Brush Tree


With a bit of knowledge and dedication, you can successfully care for Shaving Brush Tree, making it a rewarding choice for those seeking a moderate challenge.


Shaving Brush Tree does best in dry soil and should only be watered sparingly.


Shaving Brush Tree requires abundant, bright and direct light. Placing it less than one foot from a window is the best way to make sure the plant receives enough light to survive and thrive. Depending on your region, however, the current weather can affect the placement of the plant in your home. For example, in some areas the sun may be too direct and intense, so it's best to place it farther away from the window. You may also need to adjust your placement according to the season as the sunlight can change intensity over the course of the year. If you live in a region with significant temperature fluctuations, such as a desert, you may need to place the plant a bit farther away from the window to avoid extreme heat or cold. With some care and attention, your Shaving Brush Tree will be sure to bring you many years of beauty and enjoyment.


No verified data on the toxicity of this plant exists within Ploi's records. Should you, someone in your family, or your pet ingest plant material with an unknown toxicity level, it is recommended to seek medical advice.

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