The Powder Puff Tree also known as the Candlenut tree (Aleurites moluccana) is an ornamental, shade and timber tree that is native to Indonesia and the Philippines, where it’s commonly called “Kukui,” and other Pacific Islands. The Powder Puff was introduced to Hawaii at least as early as 1825, and grows wild in shady areas of most Hawaiian Islands.
Powder Puff Trees (Thysanotus sindicus) are small, silver-green trees that are densely branched. The powder puff tree is an evergreen tree, meaning that it stays green all year long. This tree is native to South Africa and has been introduced to the United States. Powder puff trees grow very rapidly and typically reach a height of about 5 feet within the first four or five years of growth.