In the neighborhood…Mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin)

A. julibrissin is a small deciduous tree growing to 5–12 m tall, with a broad crown of level or arching branches. The bark is dark greenish grey in colour and striped vertically as it gets older. The leaves are bipinnate, 20–45 cm long and 12–25 cm broad, divided into 6–12 pairs of pinnae, each with 20–30 pairs of leaflets; the leaflets are oblong, 1–1.5 cm long and 2–4 mm broad. The flowers are produced throughout the summer in dense inflorescences, the individual flowers with no petals but a tight cluster of stamens 2–3 cm long, white or pink with a white base, looking like silky threads. They have been observed to be attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The fruit is a flat brown pod 10–20 cm long and 2–2.5 cm broad, containing several seeds inside. —

The mimosa trees are in bloom at both ends of my block this week. I had noticed the start if the bloom about a week ago, but now it has progressed to full flower. I like the drooping habit of the mimosa leaves and the flowers catch the light, especially when backlit.

Do you have mimosa trees in your yard or garden? Share your pictures and thoughts in the comments!

Mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin)

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2 thoughts on “In the neighborhood…Mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin)”

  1. So pretty but super invasive in my area of the country (zone 7). A pretty purple-leaf variety is ‘Summer Chocolate’.

  2. I saw mention of it being invasive, too. I wonder if we are too dry here normally to let it spread too much. Both of the trees here don’t seem to spread at all. My Chinese Elm and Ash tree throw off more seedlings than they do. (LAUGH)

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