Plant Care Pseudobombax Ellipticum

Pseudobombax Ellipticum

Also known as

Shaving Brush Tree, Shaving Brush Tree, Dr Seuss Tree and Amapolla Tree


Pseudobombax ellipticum

How to care for Pseudobombax Ellipticum


How often to water your Pseudobombax Ellipticum

Water needs for Pseudobombax Ellipticum
0.5 cups
every 12

Pseudobombax Ellipticum needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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 Pseudobombax Ellipticum

Water 0.5 cups every

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Light needs and placement for plant Pseudobombax Ellipticum: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Pseudobombax Ellipticum love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Pseudobombax Ellipticum does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Pseudobombax Ellipticum

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Pseudobombax Ellipticum: 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 Pseudobombax Ellipticum after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Pseudobombax Ellipticum is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Pseudobombax Ellipticum

Pseudobombax Ellipticum

Pseudobombax Ellipticum

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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