Hawaiian silk cotton trees (Cochlospermum gillivraei), also called kapok trees, grows easy if protected from frost. This species produces red flowers, and their seed pods contain cotton and silk-like fibers.
The Hawaiian silk cotton tree grows up to 200 feet tall. The flowers are large and with five petals up to 2 inches long and many stamens. The seeds are pea size brown. The trees have gray bark, and their leaves are either deeply lobed or palmately lobed.
The Hawaiian silk cotton tree is deciduous during dry seasons. Before the new leaves appear, the tree flowers, producing the seed pods. The trees can survive in a variety of tropical environments, including open forests, dry scrubs and on rocky ridges.
On Antiqua island there is an over 300 years old tree its large hollow stem can house over 20 people