This Kapok tree was planted four years ago. At that time, its thorns were pretty tiny. In my neck of the woods, Kapoks bloom in the August heat. It's one of the few blooming plants we have that time of year. I was hoping for blooms this year - but we are going to have to move this tree to another location so I guess I'll have to wait another year or two before I see those silky pink flowers. Ah, progress. As I've read about Kapok trees online, the one thing all the sites mention is its smooth trunk! Only one site (St. John USVI Beach Guide) mentioned thorns on the trunks and said that they drop off with age. I have watched one particular tree like this in Harlingen for 25 years and it still has thorns. With no leaves or flowers to flaunt right now, these thorns are the main event!