Cochlospermum fraseri – Kapok Tree

A deciduous large shrub to small tree which can grow to 6 metres. It has smooth, grey bark. The large yellow flowers are produced in spring. The seed pod is large and egg shaped with long cottony hairs surrounding the seed. Grows in clay to sandstone soil and is commonly found in  woodlands in the Northern Territory and north Western Australia, as well as north Queensland, very common in Kakadu National Park. Flowers and young roots are edible, cooked, and the flowers can also be eaten raw.

Scientific Name:Cochlospermum fraseri
Common Name:Kapok Tree
Other Common Names:Yellow Kapok
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:2 ~ 6 metres
Width:2 ~ 4 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Climate Zone:Tropical, Sub-tropical
Growth Habit:Deciduous
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Special Uses:Edible


Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.