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Question: I interested in one of the two tree's above. My backyard does not get very much sun. Mostly afternoon, summer (5-6 hrs.), winter (3-4 hrs). Which tree would be suitable. Which tree would be more resistent to disease, wilt, not so much fallen litter? Will these grow in my area (28112) Monroe, NC? Also do you stock these tree's or can you tell me where, and the cost for each tree? Also can either one of these tree's be transplanted?

Many Thanks
Jerry W McCoy

Answer: Ernest Wilson is a named variety of mimosa, it was selected because it is exceptionally cold tolerant and can be grown in colder areas than many mimosas. In your area, this would not be of particular concern as mimosas are fully hardy for you. So either one would grow in your area.

Mimosa trees (Albizia julibrissin) need full sun preferably all day to grow their best, so I am not sure your location will be sunny enough. These trees are unfortunately subject to vascular wilt problems as well as insects; and, they do naturally drop their seed pods and foliage in the fall. And transplanting from one planting spot to another is problematic due to their root system. So I am not sure this is the best choice for you.

Monrovia is a wholesale-only nursery. You might check with your local retailers that carry Monrovia (and other) products and see if they can help you analyze the growing conditions where you want to plant and help you select something that will thrive there and also meet your design goals. Enjoy your new tree!

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