plant a mimosa - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by bihongz
September 5, 2009
I live in HOuston TX. I just bought a mimosa since I read the reviews and the photo of the tree. It is smaller (finger diameter), but tall (6-7 feet). Is it still a good time to plant? What can do to keep it growing? What soid or fertilizer?

Answer from NGA
September 5, 2009


The mimosa tree, otherwise known as the Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin), is a rapidly growing tree that can reach 40 feet tall with a 50-foot spread. That said, any mimosa tree can be pruned to keep it smaller (10-20 feet). The beauty of the mimosa tree is the pink plume-like flowers it bears in the summer, and the feathery foliage that folds up at night. They can be messy, though, and that's where their reputation as a nuisance comes into play. If you plant your mimosa tree next to a patio or deck, you'll have to remove the litter of fallen leaves, flowers, and seed pods frequently. If the tree is planted in a lawn area, cleaning up is as easy as running the lawnmower beneath it. My vote is to enjoy your mimosa tree - its virtues far outweigh any problems that might occur with fallen leaves and flowers.

You can plant now that the weather is beginning to cool off a bit. It will adapt to most soils, as long as they drain well. Don't feed it now - wait until new growth begins in the spring. At that time you can broadcast a 10-10-10 granular fertilizer beneath the tree (in amounts as recommended on the label for the size of the tree). Enjoy your new tree!

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