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Name: Cora Hanson
Hudson, MI (Zone 5a)
chanson07
Jul 11, 2016 9:55 AM CST
I live in southern Michigan. This summer a mimosa tree started growing in one of my gardens. A month ago it was about 5 inches tall and I almost pulled it out thinking it was a weed. However I had several plants given to me last summer that are sprouting new plants this year. So I left it alone. It is now 4 ft. tall. The only reason I knew it was a mimosa is the leaves close up at night. Now I don't know what to do with it??

The tree is about 3 ft. from the house in a sun garden, 4 ft. from the stairs to the front door and right next to my Calla Lilies....it gets a lot of sun. I have read about transplanting a mimosa and it sounds like no matter what I do at this point I will kill it. But, I would love to have one growing in the middle of my lawn on the opposite side of the driveway. I have about 2 acres of lawn on that side. Is there a way to transplant one of this size without killing it? If I wait for cool weather in another 2 months this tree will be big!!!

One of the articles I read said to mix the soil with Sphagnum peat moss at a ratio of 1 peat moss to 4 soil. Another article said to use Nitrogen rich fertilizer. This afternoon I'll test the soil samples that I want to put the tree in.
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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 11, 2016 4:36 PM CST
I'm not sure that's a Mimosa Tree. But if it is, its not cold hardy in your area.
Name: Kathy
Arkansas (Zone 8b)
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Kathy547
Jul 12, 2016 10:18 AM CST
That doesn't look like the ones here but its close. We consider these to be weed trees because they are prolific. They are also messy & drop their little Parasol flowers on the ground so they need to be away from buildings & vehicles.
Name: Stewart
Pinehurst, Texas (Zone 8b)
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PlantMania
Jul 12, 2016 1:47 PM CST
I am with Kathy on this - I am not sure that it is a Mimosa Tree, but if you find out that it is then I would surely move it away from the foundation of any building as Mimosa's will grow tall and could crack your cement

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Name: Cora Hanson
Hudson, MI (Zone 5a)
chanson07
Jul 12, 2016 1:57 PM CST
Thank you everyone for the info. I didn't think mimosa's grew in this area, but then I saw the leaves close up and couldn't find anything on the web about that certain weed. Again thank you and I am going out now to snatch that thing out of my garden!!
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Jul 12, 2016 3:39 PM CST
It could be a plant from the actual Mimosa genus. Do the leaves fold when you touch them? If so, compre to M. pudica (sensitive plant.)
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Name: stone
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stone
Jul 12, 2016 4:48 PM CST
I spent a lot of time online [yesterday] trying to figure out if you had Gleditsia...
I couldn't really decide... but... honey locust does grow in MI, and some sites claim that the two trees look alike.

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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jul 12, 2016 5:56 PM CST
Excellent suggestion. The sensitive plant I suggested would have had to have come from a stray seed in a nursery pot or potting soil (from a warmer climate.)
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 12, 2016 9:55 PM CST
Even if it is something you decide you want to keep, I wouldn't advise moving any plant out to the middle of a 2 acre lawn in July. You'd absolutely have to wait until fall after it drops its leaves.
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Jul 12, 2016 10:56 PM CST
Not sure what that is, but do not think that it is Albizia julibrissin Mimosa tree. I have grown hundreds. Zone 5b

If it is a tree, you do not want it that close to the house.

Perhaps move it this Fall and see what happens - that is what I often do.
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