Albizia julibrissin

Scientific name: Albizia julibrissin


Common names: “Silk tree” “Mimosa”

Plant Type: Deciduous tree


Zone: 6-9

Light: Full sun – slight shade

Exposure: Sheltered from cold, loves the heat

Soil: Moderately fertile – poor gravelly soil, doesn’t like clay

Moisture: Average – drier, grows faster with more water, must be well drained


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Plant Size: H 20′ W 15′

Leaf and Stem shape: Large, mimosa-like bipinnate leaves

Flower: Fluffy rose-pink flower-heads, with prominent stamens, open in summerImage result for albizia julibrissin

Pruning: Minimal

Maintenance: Low, can be grown as a single trunk tree or multi stemmed shrub

Landscape use: Dr. Seuss garden, city courtyard, focal point

Propagate: By seed and cuttings

Pests & Disease: Verticillium wilt can cause dieback

Comments: Beautiful unique flowering trees but can be difficult to keep alive for long, needs the perfect conditions

Cultivars: ~AGM winners: A. j. f. rosea – hardiest & A. j. ‘Summer Chocolate’

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