Plant ID forum: Some type of mimosa?

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Name: James
Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9b)
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JamesAcclaims
Mar 6, 2016 8:53 AM CST
Does anyone know what this is? Its leaves look like a type of mimosa--like a mimosa nuttallii or mimosa pudica, or maybe even a Pride of Barbados? They grow everywhere. My neighbor has one that is about 8 ft tall that they've let grow beside their house, and we have 2 on our side of the fence that are about 1 ft tall that we haven't ripped out yet. I'm assuming they're all seeded from that big one. There are also a lot on the back side of both of our properties.

They do not have spikes of any kind on their stems. They close their leaves at night--they close down instead of up like a Pudica.

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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 6, 2016 12:45 PM CST
I think an Acacia.
Name: Dave Paul
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Metrosideros
Mar 6, 2016 7:53 PM CST
It is Leucaena leucocephala, White Leadtree.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leucaena_leucocephala
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 6, 2016 8:06 PM CST
Looks like Lead Tree (Leucaena leucocephala) to me too and it's considered an invasive in some areas, Texas included: http://www.texasinvasives.org/plant_database/detail.php?symb...

L. retusa is apparently a Texas native: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/natives/LEUCA...
Goldenball leadtree (Leucaena retusa)

L. pulverulenta is native: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/natives/LEUCA...
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Name: James
Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9b)
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Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plumerias Adeniums Tropicals Bromeliad
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JamesAcclaims
Mar 6, 2016 8:12 PM CST
That is exactly it! Thank you so much! I was digging through hundreds of mimosa types and other plants. I can definitely see how they would be considered invasive in certain areas. They pop up everywhere here!
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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 6, 2016 8:46 PM CST
Some small amount of redemption for you as it belongs the mimosa tribe. Small amount for me because one of its synonyms is Acacia leucocephala. Smiling

Wow! So invasive in Florida its illegal to own or transport.
Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
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Metrosideros
Mar 6, 2016 9:16 PM CST
It's commonly invasive where it's been planted for agriculture. In pastures, if cattle eat large amounts of it they get sick.
Name: James
Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9b)
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Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plumerias Adeniums Tropicals Bromeliad
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JamesAcclaims
Mar 6, 2016 9:20 PM CST
DaisyI said:Some small amount of redemption for you as it belongs the mimosa tribe. Small amount for me because one of its synonyms is Acacia leucocephala. Smiling

Wow! So invasive in Florida its illegal to own or transport.


Yay us! Rolling on the floor laughing

Wow! I think Florida had the right idea.
Looks like some consider it invasive in Texas and some say it's 'native'. I would definitely say it spreads easily just from observation, considering the neighbors 1 mature plant turned into somewhere between 25 to 35 plants, not counting the ones I have already ripped/dug up.
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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
May 2, 2016 9:19 PM CST
I was just noticing this tree down the road from me about a month ago and was going to try and get an I.D. and get some seeds. I am glad I saw this before doing so. I guess I will just enjoy them where they are in the spring while in bloom.
Name: James
Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9b)
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JamesAcclaims
May 2, 2016 9:22 PM CST
Don't do it. They root deep, spread fast, and are nearly impossible to control once they start seeding. Thumbs down
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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
May 2, 2016 9:30 PM CST
Well, now that I know what it is I sure will stay clear. I am surprised I have never noticed them before. But once I saw one down the road, I started to notice them in several places in town. Glad I did not try and trespass to collect seeds Hilarious! It is too bad. The foliage is nice and dainty and the balls sure were pretty!
Name: James
Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9b)
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JamesAcclaims
May 2, 2016 9:32 PM CST
Yeah, they're like small mimosa trees with white flowers instead of pink. I don't hate them...well, I wouldn't hate them if I didn't have to rip them out so often. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: James
Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9b)
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Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plumerias Adeniums Tropicals Bromeliad
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JamesAcclaims
May 2, 2016 9:34 PM CST
Your profile says Central Texas. Do you live in the hill country?
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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
May 2, 2016 9:37 PM CST
The ones I have been seeing are yellow. The golden leadball I guess, but they all sound pretty obnoxious. Hopefully you can get a handle on them James.
Name: Audrey
Central Texas (Zone 8a)
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Esperanza
May 2, 2016 9:39 PM CST
Yes, I do. I am on the North shore of lake Travis.
Name: James
Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9b)
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Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plumerias Adeniums Tropicals Bromeliad
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JamesAcclaims
May 2, 2016 10:08 PM CST
Very nice. Pretty area. Before I moved back down to Corpus, I lived by lake LBJ in the hills outside of Horseshoe Bay.
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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
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Metrosideros
May 3, 2016 12:29 PM CST
The yellow flowers that Audrey is seeing are not Leucaena, but likely are an Acacia.

Can you show photos?
Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
May 3, 2016 1:51 PM CST
It looks like this one we have in our data base. The next time I go by it I will snap a pic or two. The yellow balls really stand out even when driving down the highway. I think they are already finished blooming now.

Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
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Metrosideros
May 4, 2016 2:06 AM CST
Nice Audrey!
Name: Jolana
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froggardener
May 5, 2016 7:14 AM CST
Audrey I hope you don't get one anyway . If it's that close Thumbs down
The Goldenball Leadtree is a recommended tree for our area
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