Mimosa Tree (Albizia julibrissin)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Plant Height: 15-40 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Garden Tours:  Valleylynn, Lynn SmithGarden Tours: Valleylynn, Lynn Smith
November 12, 2011

Let's take a trip this week to Oregon and visit the lovely gardens created by Lynn Smith and her husband, Cliff. It's always fun to step out of our own climate to see what grows well in another, and sometimes it's even more fun to see what our climates have in common. You are going to love what you see!

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Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Oct 1, 2011 8:47 AM

This tree tends to be an invasive species in the Eastern half of the United States, but not in the Pacific Coast states, where it is used widely with no invasive tendencies.
I find the leaves very interesting. When it rains the leaves slowly close and they always close at night. You can also run your hand across the leaves and they will start closing.
In mid-summer my tree covers itself in beautiful pink flower puffs, which the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love.
Once established, it is somewhat drought tolerant.

It can be a problem for people with pollen allergies.

Introduced to the United States in 1745 from China as an ornamental tree.

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Posted by Kathy547 ( Arkansas - Zone 8b) on Dec 20, 2015 9:34 AM

Mimosa trees are common in the South, especially around old home sites. In fact, many Southerners consider these to be weed-type trees because they tend to reseed easily. A lot of them will have trunks that branch close to the ground, making them good climbing trees for kids. It can be a bit messy when the flowers fall to the ground.

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Posted by RadlyRootbound (East-Central Mississippi - Zone 8a) on Feb 21, 2019 9:40 AM

There is a strain of Mimosa trees that is dominant in the Birmingham, Alabama area and has white flowers instead of pink. In fact, when going through that region, I don't recall seeing any Mimosas with pink blooms, just white ones, and they grow wild everywhere.

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