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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jul 11, 2011 5:55 PM CST
There used to be a Mimosa tree in my yard. Someone prior to me had it removed. I think I've seen little starts popping up here and there. I potted one up to see what would happen. It's growing. I planted it in my lawn and it continues to grow. Looks like a Mimosa. Then I started thinking maybe it wasn't Mimosa and maybe it was what someone once told me was a weed. So today I went to Summer Winds with a piece of the "tree" to compare it to their Mimosas. They had three at $80 each and about 10 ft tall, no canopy yet. Two with dark leaves and one with lighter leaves. I took a leaf cluster from two of the trees one the light, one the dark. The lighter leaf looks like my weed. So... I had left the leaf from my "weed" in the car by accident. I take the two leaf clusters from their trees to the "tree guy" and tell him my tale. He looks at the lighter leaf and says "yes, this is a weed".. thinking it's my sample that I left in the car. I say, "no I took this from your tree out back".... kind of funny. I still hope that what I'm watering is a Mimosa. Pic here is of my neighbor's Mimosa that is about 2 yrs old.

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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 11, 2011 7:02 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing funny! I hope yours is a mimosa too!
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Name: Linda
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quietyard
Jul 11, 2011 8:28 PM CST
I like mimosa trees. Had one many years ago. That was a cute story !
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jul 11, 2011 9:31 PM CST
I love my SummerWinds at Tatum, the guy was trying to be helpful but not educated in the topic (obviously) Hilarious!

... unless of course they are selling weeds for $80 AND I am watering a weed!
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Name: Linda
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quietyard
Jul 11, 2011 9:34 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jul 11, 2011 10:27 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
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Jul 12, 2011 10:08 AM CST

























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Name: ~~Brittany~~
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FrangipaniAz
Jul 12, 2011 10:53 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Love that he was so certain that it was a weed... LOL...
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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jul 12, 2011 12:25 PM CST
Alan, that is a huge tree...I love your garden Lovey dubby
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jul 12, 2011 1:19 PM CST
Brittany, I'm just hoping that what I have isn't a weed. Thought I'd take another leaf sample to Berridge's for a "second opinion".

Love the look of your Mimosa, Alan. Love the canopy. I've seen my neighbor's lawn under her Mim.... she's not happy about the mess but says the pretty fleurs are worth it!
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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 12, 2011 2:30 PM CST
As much as I adore green lawns...when I buy a place after graduation (or lottery win) I am having only flowerbeds and tree rings...no grass. Lots of used brick and shade trees that are semi-tidy.
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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jul 12, 2011 3:00 PM CST
okie doke, thanks!
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jul 12, 2011 3:10 PM CST
Yea, I was at my neighbor's the other day.... flowers everywhere. Becomes bare of leaves in the winter too. Still I love the canopy!
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Name: Marie
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Desertdenial
Jul 12, 2011 3:21 PM CST
Great story but it is actually considered a weedy tree in some parts of the country. I have 2 planted one red and one pink would like the chocolate one too!!
Marie
Caramels are only a fad. Chocolate is a permanent thing
Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jul 12, 2011 3:22 PM CST
I think it was judyb who planted a chocolate couple years ago. I think she said she had to remove it for bad performance.
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Name: Marie
Tolleson, Arizona (Zone 9a)
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Desertdenial
Jul 12, 2011 3:26 PM CST
yeah it was Judy but I still would like to try anything with chocolate in the name get a chance or two in my garden Big Grin
Marie
Caramels are only a fad. Chocolate is a permanent thing
Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jul 12, 2011 3:33 PM CST
It's a given! Go for it, Marie! I bet if anyone can nurture the Chocolate Mim. you can!
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Name: Marie
Tolleson, Arizona (Zone 9a)
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Desertdenial
Jul 12, 2011 3:34 PM CST
I will if I can ever find one reasonable priced.
Marie
Caramels are only a fad. Chocolate is a permanent thing

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