Bombax ceiba, most often referred to its common name of Red Silk Cotton Tree. Although it is native to southeast Asia and Australia, it does quite well in S. Florida. When young, it has the characteristic thorns on its trunk like other members of the Silk Cotton trees, but as it ages, the thorns disappear. The red and orange varieties which Richard Lyons Nursery currently has in stock are flowering now. A very large bloom, plastic in appearance, emerges before any leaves, giving this tree a very striking look in early spring.