Ochroma Pyramidale - Balsa Wood Tree
Ochroma Pyramidale (syn O. Lagopus) Native to tropical South America this well known tree can grow up to 30m and 20m wide. There are many uses for this tree, popular for model making, it is very soft, although still classed as a hardwood tree!
A good candidate for bonsai, this is a fast growing species, which is evergreen or deciduous if a dry season is present, it has around 20cm heart shaped dark green leaves and white flowers that can also be up to 20cm long
Minimum recommended temperature 10°C Leaves die off under 5°C, freezing will kill the plant.