This is a silk floss tree. It grows well in a semi arid climate. It's known for it's large pink flowers and the inch long razor sharp thorns which completely cover the trunk of this tree. Any contact with these can cause serious injury. Most silk floss owners remove the thorns with a rubber mallet which pop off the thorns easily. Underneath the thorns is dry bark as though the thorns never existed. once removed, they never come back.
This tree is growing on a narrow patch of soil at the entrance to the local post office. Many of the trees branches droop downward in the spring. It is quite funny to dog owners who visit the post office to see how wide a berth their dogs give the tree. Many a pooch has had a run in with the trees sharp thorns while relieving themselves. I imagine the memory lacks much humor to the dogs.
Tags: Flowers and plants
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