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Crete, Greece
cretanhunter
Dec 27, 2017 8:31 AM CST
I attach pics of an accacia sapling which looks to have grown from seeds spread by an older tree which was felled before we bought our house in May this year. There are various mini saplings growing in the area of the felled tree.
The first pic shows the young tree, the second, a close up of the blossom, and finally a close up of the flower before it blossoms.

The tree shown has sulphur yellow blossom which flowered in the last week and the feathery style of blossom is reminiscent of Albizia Juribrissin, you might know it also as Spanish Silk Tree; rather than being an Acacia could it be a type of the family of Albizia?

I have tried the I/Net but although there are one or two similar possibilities they do not match- there are no thorns, btw.

I live on Crete, Greece and my local garden centre has never come across this type of tree!

Can any of you gardeners help me with ID please?
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Name: Beverly
Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
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vitrsna
Dec 27, 2017 9:47 AM CST
If the leaves fold up at night it is most likely an Albizia
Crete, Greece
cretanhunter
Dec 27, 2017 12:03 PM CST
Thank you to Beverly, of Colima, Mexico, the leaves do indeed fold at night-just checked!

Next question, do these grow in Mexico?

And who knows what type of Albizia it is?

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Dec 27, 2017 2:49 PM CST
Albizia distachya

I don't know if they grow in Mexico. I believe they are native to Australia.
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Name: Beverly
Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
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vitrsna
Dec 27, 2017 3:29 PM CST
You are very welcome @cretanhunter Smiling . Yes, they grow in Mexico but i do not remember seeing that color flower, maybe because the flowers don't stand out so much as the pink ones do who make quite a spectacle of themselves.
Crete, Greece
cretanhunter
Dec 28, 2017 12:47 AM CST
Thank you Beverly and Daisy, you have been very helpful in making an ID of my tree.
Yes Daisy, Albizia distachya is the one, I think it must be the only one on Crete; I wonder how it got here? Would you believe Wikipedia states it doesn't exist! The previous owners of my house must have imported seeds from somewhere!

Happy New Year to you both!
Crete, Greece
cretanhunter
Dec 28, 2017 1:37 AM CST
Daisy, hello again, further research thanks to your lead reveals that this tree is a native of Indonesia and seeds are available on Ebay. It is also known as A. Lophantha.
Our UK RHS doesn't even provide pictures or descriptions, very disappointing for an outfit that is supposed to be a world leader in plant identification!

Does this tree grow in your garden and can you provide a picture and it's approx. age? Our original tree was felled by the previous owners leaving a trunk base of ~4 in (10 cm) and lots of saplings. As you can see from our pics, our tree is very young with a trunk of 3/4 in (19mm) and ht 6ft(1.8m).

Again, many thanks. BTW what's your weather and climate and terrain like? Here, this morning 09.30 hrs (GMT+2hrs) it is sunny temp climbing from 10 deg C. Rain promised tonight, tomorrow about 2in. From here we can just see Cretes highest mountain range, 2055 m (6 700ft), snow covered.

Bet you're glad you haven't got Erie's snowfall of 53in!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Dec 28, 2017 11:43 AM CST
Hi Cretanhunter,

No, that particular tree will not grow in my area. A close relative, Albizia julibrissin, grew in the area I am from - the one vitrsna mentions that has pink flowers.

In my area, Reno, NV, the average rainfall is 20cm a year - we live in the high desert on the edge of an area referred to as the Basin and Range at an altitude of about 1600m. The temperatures range from -17 to 37c. It doesn't often snow here but when it does, its only a few inches and that evaporates. Snow doesn't melt here, it really does evaporate because of the low humidity that often drops to 0 in the winter if the wind starts to blow.

Our Nevada state flower is Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) - and we have a lot of it. Smiling
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