Albizia julibrissin Durazz.

Mimosa, Silk Tree




Family: Leguminosae

Genus: Albizia

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 20 to 35' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun


Late to leaf out. Fine texture, alternate, compound leaves. Pink flowers in summer. Tends to be short-lived. Seed pods are brown and not particulary attractive. Seeds will germinate everywhere! Often multi-stemmed with a broad, flat crown. Well-drained soil with adequate moisture.


'Summer Chocolate'™ PP#13822 - Maroon purple foliage - fades in summer heat, pale pink flower.

'E.H. Wilson' ('Rosea') - very hardy with bright pink flowers, introduced from China in 1818 by E.H. Wilson. RHS Award of Garden Merit 2002.


Published in Mag. Tosc. 3(4) 11 in 1772. Native to Iran, Turkey, China, Japan, Taiwan, India, Nepal, Pakistan. Introduced to cultivation in 1749 by F. del Albizzi, an Italian nobleman.

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