The Ceiba pentandra, or Kapok Tree, is a native of tropical America. It can be found in the wild in southern Mexico, Central America, and South America.
The Kapok Tree grows up to 150 feet tall and has a trunk diameter of up to 6 feet. It is a deciduous tree and loses its leaves during the dry season.
The Kapok Tree is known for its distinctive fluffy white flowers. These flowers are pollinated by bats and hummingbirds. The Kapok Tree produces bean-sized pods that contain seeds covered in silky floss. This floss is the source of the tree's name - "kapok" comes from the Malay word "ka-pok" meaning "silky cotton".