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April 19, 2010 12:33 AM   Subscribe

What kind of tree is this spiky/thorny fella in my front yard? (Santa Monica, CA)
posted by mykescipark to Home & Garden (5 answers total)
It is either a Ceiba chodatii or Ceiba speciosa, commonly known as Floss Silk Trees. You'll be able to tell the difference between the two when they bloom.
posted by strixus at 1:12 AM on April 19, 2010

strixus beat me to it! More pics of Floss Silk Trees.
posted by iamkimiam at 1:18 AM on April 19, 2010

That awesome.
posted by hannahelastic at 6:58 AM on April 19, 2010

AKA Kapok tree
posted by hortense at 9:56 AM on April 19, 2010

Thanks all. I thought it might be a floss silk, but the thorns didn't seem prominent/colorful enough. I've only lived here since February, though, so we'll see what happens in the coming months...

(And yes, it is an awesome tree. Right next to it is another tree that is perfectly smooth, like a metal lightpost. The two make quite a contrast.)
posted by mykescipark at 10:18 AM on April 19, 2010

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