The Q&A Archives: Mimosa Tree Care

Question: My neighbor has a mimosa tree that has new growth at the bottom, however the top looks barren and dead. Should the tree be cut back?
Thank you for your time.

Answer: I would expect a healthy mimosa to have leafed out by now. Sometimes, if for example there is extensive winter damage to the tree, the top portion dies back and then the roots send up new growth. This sounds like what is happening. The dead wood should be cut off, yes. The new shoots will grow quickly because they have an already established root system to draw on.

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