Range: Caribbean and Mexico to Argentina
This large, fast growing tree is found in dry forests of the American tropics, so it adapts well to South Florida’s growing conditions. In its native range it is often used for rapid reforestation in areas with poor soil. The silk tree has graceful, feathery foliage that provides light shade. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has the largest silk tree in Florida, a specimen more than 80 feet tall.