Fast growing, flowering tree of tropical characteristics
that is anything but common.
In China some believe that the Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) will calm the mind and spirit. Step out to your yard, relax and this unique and appealing deciduous tree will confirm that.
Often grown as an ornamental for its unique and beautiful features, the Mimosa generally grows 20-25 feet in height. Also called a Silk Tree or Persian Silk Tree, it will provide you with a rounded, expansive crown for shade within only 3-5 years.
Its one-of-a-kind leaf structure and year-round floral display ensure that your Mimosa will be a valued aspect of your landscape in any season.
It’s difficult to know what part of this tree is most appealing. The leaves are unique, consisting of long, fern-like strands of 20-30 pairs of oblong leaflets.
At night, or when it rains, your Mimosa will put on a miraculous demonstration that lives up to its Persian name Shabkhosb (meaning “night sleeper”), as they bow gracefully downward.
Your Mimosa’s flowers will further delight the senses all summer long as the 2-inch pom-pom-like clusters of silken threads seem to float among the leaves.
Hummingbirds and butterflies are irresistibly drawn to their succulent scent. Some people think they smell like nutmeg. The flat, brown seed pods that later form will further provide food for wildlife.
The Mimosa is a fast-growing, unique and beautiful landscape tree that will grow in almost any conditions.
You can’t go wrong with the Mimosa Tree for with its fast-growing nature and year-round appeal.
*Hardy for most soil types
The Lovely Mimosa Tree Review by KateintheDesert
I have never had any experience with the Mimosa tree except here in Arizona. I am sure that in some parts of our country it could be a problem, but here in zone 8 desert it is a wonderful tree. I love the scent of the blooms. I read that some thought it messy, but all trees need work and upkeep, but the dappled shade is wonderful. I planted mine from a seedling from a friend and it is very large and has a large canope, which is needed here in the heat of summer. It is about 6 years old. The butterflies and hummingbirds flock to it. I plan to plant another one in another part of the large lot we have here. There are a lot of seedlings that sprout, but are easy to pull out and not really a problem for me. It is all how you look at it. Nature is beautiful and so are the gifts it gives us. Enjoy!
Invasive! Review by maryhtc
I think this tree is very pretty when it is in someone elses yard nowhere near my house. We purchased a house after viewing it in the winter and thought there were 3 azaleas growing in front of the porch. When spring arrived, we realized that one of the plants was a mimose tree. We cut it down a year ago and the stump is still putting out shoots and the roots reach all the way across our property to the ditch (60 feet from the tree stump) into our septic lines and under our house. There are thousands of sprouts and we have been pulling up roots for a year. There is even one growing under our porch where it can't possibly be getting any light and one in the neighbors gutters. The worst thing is that no matter how many times you pour poison on it, pull up the shoots, or dig out the roots, it just keeps putting out more. Even cutting them with the lawnmower doesn't kill them.So, while it is a very pretty tree, do your neighbors a favor and don't plant this tree
Good and Bad Review by Darren
Although the Mimosa is a pretty tree when it blooms and does provide some shade...they are a pain to have if you have flower beds or gardens! These trees grow like weeds, EVERYWHERE! I always compare the smell to Pert shampoo, that is what it reminds me of.
Hardyness level 6? No, Hardyness 5b Review by Ninja
I would not listen to the Hardiness. I also seen this tree in full blouse also. in the died of winter and it comes back ever Year without damle.
Great Trees - Now How to Keep the Deer Away?? Review by Nick
Hi - 3 years ago we planted 37 of these up and down our driveway as a boulevard. We cut them down at the end of year one and last year and this year the growth has been excellent. All 37 even survived the horrendous Virginia winter of last year (2009/10). The only problem we have is our local voracious deer. They are constantly eating all the lower leaves. No spray seems to work and nets can work on some branches but look horrible. Any ideas?? I think the trees will live but I can't wait for them all to get significant branches over 7ft so the deer can't get them. Thanks!