The Q&A Archives: Is my mimosa tree dead?

Question: I've got a mimosa tree (volunteer) that's been growing for about 6 years in my backyard in VA. The blooms are bright pink.

Last May, it was quite large, beautiful, and blooming. The branches were so full, they leaned low over my guests standing on my deck.

Several people lifted the branches up over their heads to walk under them.

This spring, the tree did not produce any leaves. The bark is peeling (but is this characteristic of a normal plant?).

Although I know the mimosa is very sensitive to touch, and often drops its leaves, I wonder if this tree is actually dead.

I want to cut down several known, dead trees in my backyard. I'd like to cut this one down, too, but I am unsure as to whether it is dead or not. It is in a beautiful location.


Answer: Karen,

The description you provide does not give much hope as far as I can tell. The plant should have leafed out long ago. You might try scraping back the bark on some small branches to see if there is any green healthy tissue underneath. Also bend the small branches to see if they are still supple or if they have become dry and brittle. There is little you can do even if it is still alive except water during extended drought spells.

There are several possible causes of a mimosa tree's demise so it is difficult to speculate. Your County Extension Office may also be able to evaluate the current condition of the tree and perhaps suggest some possible causes.

I am indeed sorry to hear about your tree. Thanks for the question. Please stop in again soon!

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