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Question: Is it normal for a Mimosa Tree to weep? The tree I have is about 6 years old. This is the first year that I've noticed the tree weeping. The trunk and bark appear to be in very good shape; there are no scrapes, or scratches. The weeping appears to be coming from the leaves. The leaves are very green, and appear to be normal. The blooms, however are brown and falling off. There are still several blooms on the tree, but I don't know how long they will last. I am very concerned that something may be wrong with this beautiful tree. I would appreciate you telling me what may be wrong with this tree if anything. Thank you.

Answer: Bill,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. We are transitioning to a new Q&A system and your question was unfortunately lost in the transition. I have discovered it now and hope this reply is not too late to be of help.

The weeping is due to insects (such as plant hopper and aphids) in the tree that are feeding on the tree's juices and then excreting the excess out their back ends! This is not big problem for the tree and many trees have such minor pests. However it is a problem if you like to sit beneath the tree with an open glass of iced tea!

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