The Mimosa Tree (Albizia julibrissin) or silk tree can grow 1’-3’ annually with regular water eventually reaching 20’-25’ tall and 25’-30’ wide. It generally grows with a spreading canopy that provides cooling shade over a wide area. Mimosa trees are grown for shade, their fernlike leaves, and silky pink flowers. Flowers bloom from late spring into fall. The Mimosa Tree has fernlike leaves that consist of groups of smaller leaflets.
In fall, Mimosa Leaves can have bright yellow color.
However, they often remain green until the first killing frost. Leaves then appear to dry and shrivel while still attached to branches.
They retain their green color almost as it they were freeze dried with the onset of cold weather.
Leaves then fall to the ground adding mulch and nutrients to the soil as they decompose.
Seed pods remain firmly attached to branches well after leaf fall.
On windy days, seeds rattle within the pods providing winter interest.
Mimosa Trees are best grown with low to regular water on a well-drained soil. Mimosa trees are Hardy to USDA Zone 6.
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Photos & Narrative By:Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist