Mimosa Tree Not Budding Out - Knowledgebase Question

Sedgwick, KS
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Question by radical5
April 29, 2001
Last spring early, I planted a Mimosa Tree (Albizia julibrissin 'Rosea') in my yard and had wonderful results from it despite the hot and dry summer conditions last year where I live. Around October the tree started going dormant and we did have somewhat of a hard winter here this last year. It is now late April and the tree is not showing any signs of coming out of dormancy. When I scratch the trunk of the tree with my fingernail about half way down to the ground or more, it will show a pale green, but above that on the trunk, it is not showing anything. What my question is should I think about replacing this tree as I really want one and love them, or wait a bit more since I have heard many say that they are really late in coming out in spring.

Jeremy Schrader
Sedgwick, KS

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A comment from rdrew
April 12, 2020
Just saw answer to your question from NGA. This is exactly the topic I signed in to find out about! Same exact problem in So Cal. Thank you ladies so very much! Happy Easter!

Answer from NGA
April 29, 2001
Hang in there! What you've heard is true. In your area they may not leaf out until late May/Early June. I hope your tree does as well this year as last!

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A comment from pattycaakes
May 29, 2020
I am having the same problem, but mine has a few litttle sprigs coming about 3 " from the ground, sure hope it makes it.

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A comment from waveoption
June 14, 2021
Me too, now mid June and I am in the South on the coast. The few leaves that are appearing are sparse. Tree is established and about 4m high.

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A comment from Ambermslea
May 31, 2023
Mine has been having bare branches that look completely dead and then suddenly sprouting leaves and appearing healthy. It's only 2 years old (planted in it's forever soil after been brought to life from seed in a greenhouse) and I don't know what to do. I had what appeared to be nice, healthy branches (with a couple of blooms last year) to these bare and blackish limbs that look "mildewed". I have a TON of what I call "sucker growth" atv the bottom but have been told this is the way the tree grows naturally (almost canopy style but not exactly).
I don't know whether to cut these leads off or leave them! Both the mature "dead looking" branches and the massive bottom (sucker) growth at the bottom! Sooo MUCH growth at the bottom. Sigh…. This tree is sentimental to me. Grown from seed from my MIL's tree and in a greenhouse for the first year (at minimum). Help!

P.S. I'm sure the date is provided but June will begin tomorrow and hardly ANYTHING on the biggest/main leads/branches.
Thanks again for reading (if anyone does before it's too late as I can't quite figure out how to post an original question. ❤️
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