The rainforest's tallest trees are kapok trees, which are also referred to as ceiba trees. A kapok tree can reach up to 200 feet in height, towering over other trees. This layer of trees is referred to as the rainforest's emergent layer.
These emergent trees are exposed to harsh winds and extreme temperatures. They are adaptable and hardy, using the high winds to spread their seeds. The kapok tree also spreads its leaves out wide to take advantage of full sunlight between rain storms. Kapok trees can grow up to 10 feet in diameter, making the branches an ideal home for birds and frogs.