invasiveness of mimosa 'summer chocolate' - Knowledgebase Question

Maplewood, NJ
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Question by bindernj
June 9, 2005
I am a landscape designer who has customers asking for the tree albizia julibrissin 'summer chocolate'. Mimosas are very invasive. Is this variety sterile or is it invasive like the rest? Thanks.

Answer from NGA
June 9, 2005
Your zip code places you in zone 6A, which depending on microclimate could actually be as cold as zone 5. Mimosas are considered reliably hardy through zone 7 and into zone 6. For this reason I am not sure I would recommend planting a mimosa on the basis of winter hardiness alone. This particular mimosa "Summer Chocolate" is not listed in the Monrovia online plant descriptions. In a quick search I did not find any mention of its being sterile. Here is a typical description of it:

Good luck with your clients.

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