New ?Chocolate? Mimosa

By Charlie Nardozzi

Foliage the color of chocolate is all the rage in the gardening world. From annuals and perennials to trees and shrubs, it seems like many plants have a selection that features dark burgundy or brown foliage.

Hines Nursery has added a new mimosa to the list with Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate'. This mimosa has dark burgundy leaves and produces rich pink flowers. Leaves maintain their color even in hot, humid conditions, and the flowers burst forth like cotton candy in midsummer.

The small, arching tree grows 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide. It grows best in sun to part shade, is drought tolerant, and is hardy in USDA zones 6-10. 'Summer Chocolate' is suitable as a landscape, patio, or accent tree, and has no major disease problems.

For more information go to: Green Beam.

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