Plant Care Dr Seuss Tree

Dr Seuss Tree

Also known as

Shaving Brush Tree, Shaving Brush Tree and Amapolla Tree


Pseudobombax ellipticum

How to care for Dr Seuss Tree


How often to water your Dr Seuss Tree

Water needs for Dr Seuss Tree
0.5 cups
every 12

Dr Seuss Tree needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Portland, Oregon.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Dr Seuss Tree

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Dr Seuss Tree in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

26% Very Low

Growing Dr Seuss Tree in Portland right now

Light needs for plant Dr Seuss Tree in Portland, Oregon

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

January 30th, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Portland is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in det…

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Light needs for plant Dr Seuss Tree in Portland, Oregon

Sunlight will increase by 47.9% ☀️

January 28th, 2023

Portland is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Portland is expected to increase by 47.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.3 megajoules of energy per m2

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Light needs for plant Dr Seuss Tree in Portland, Oregon

Daylight will increase by 1.3 hours 📈

January 29th, 2023

This month, Portland is getting an average of 7.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 14.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.0 total hours of da…

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Finding light for Shaving Brush Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dr Seuss Tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Dr Seuss Tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Portland, Oregon ⛅.

Dr Seuss Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Dr Seuss Tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dr Seuss Tree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dr Seuss Tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Dr Seuss Tree

Nutrient needs for plant Dr Seuss Tree in Portland, Oregon

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 24th, 2023

The growing potential in Portland is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to…

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Difficulty Level

Dr Seuss Tree is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Dr Seuss Tree

Dr Seuss Tree

Dr Seuss Tree

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Portland, Oregon, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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