|Persian Silk Tree|
|Pink Silk Tree|
|Sun Requirements:||Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
|Soil pH Preferences:||Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
|Minimum cold hardiness:||Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
|Maximum recommended zone:||Zone 9b
|Plant Height:||15-40 feet|
|Plant Spread:||20 to 40 feet|
|Fruit:||Other: green then brown pods 5 to 7 inches long
|Fruiting Time:||Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Late summer or early fall
|Dynamic Accumulator:||Nitrogen fixer
|Containers:||Not suitable for containers
|Miscellaneous:||Tolerates poor soil
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!
|Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, 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.
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|Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jul 23, 2020 11:00 AM
I first saw this tree planted somewhat commonly in far southern Illinois in the 1970's. It is occasionally planted in southeast Pennsylvania and has escaped cultivation to be seen here and there in the wild along forest edges and in some waste places. It is native from Iran to central China. it is a fast growing tree, over 2 feet/year. It has a tropical appearance; sort of Acacia-like with a vase-shaped habit, often with a few trunks, and a flat topped crown. It does not develop fall color. It often has problems with Fusarium Wilt Disease and Mimosa Webworm; plus some canker & leaf spot & rust disease & a virus that causes chlorotic leaf stippling is possible. There may be a few cultivars out there resistant to the wilt disease and nematodes. It is not a good quality tree with being weak-wooded and messy. I have not seen any conventional nurseries selling it in southeast Pennsylvania, but there are cheap mail order nurseries that do sell it.
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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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|dragonfetti||On November 24, 2014||Transplanted
Transplanted from sidewalk gardens to north cactus garden.
|dragonfetti||On March 1, 2014||Plant emerged
Have several volunteer trees.
|AndreA33||On November 9, 2017||Transplanted
Récupéré à Marcenais
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