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North texas
Feb 13, 2018 1:57 PM CST
Last winter my family and I survived the most devastating tragedy we have ever had to endure when, the day after Thanksgiving, we lost the home that my husband's family had lived in for 20 years along with all of our belongings as well as the life of a friend who happened to be visiting to an electrical fire. There was nothing left but the foundation and Ash by morning. When my mother in law purchased the property she planted a mimosa tree beside the front porch. We all loved sitting out there in the evening and watching the humming birds that it attracted, and the fragrance was a bonus! Needless to say, as a result of the close proximity of the tree to the house, it was gravely damaged by the fire, causing us to make the heartbreaking decision to cut it down below the damaged area which left me be 1or 2 ft of trunk sticking out of the ground. Last summer it sent up shoots in several areas causing the resulting foliage to closely resemble a large fern. Unfortunately my husband without realizing what he was doing during a long day of cleaning up the cremains of our home, ended up cutting them all off at ground level. What is left now is all brown and doesn't look as if there is any life left, but this is only February so I am wanting to know if there may be a possibility that come spring it could revive and once again send shooters up and if so how can I help the tree to regrow and be healthy
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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Feb 13, 2018 3:13 PM CST
Sorry for the loss of your house. I think your mimosa tree will come back they are very heady trees. I got some i cut to the ground evey winter by the end of the summer they are 12 feet tall.
Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

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Feb 13, 2018 3:28 PM CST
Chrissynabe, Welcome! to the best gardening site on the internet!

My condolences on the loss of your friend as well as your home and belongings to the fire. Crying I hope your family will be able to rebuild and begin new memories in your new home.

If the tree you are referring to is Mimosa Tree (Albizia julibrissin) just be aware that it is considered an invasive species in many areas of the U.S., Texas included.

You might consider an alternative flowering tree to plant in memory of your lost loved one. I found this list of trees for Texas that might be helpful:
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North texas
Feb 13, 2018 4:20 PM CST
Any suggestions on the best way to help the mimosa in the event that it does send up shooters in spring? We have already decided to plant a magnolia tree in her memory right in the middle of our front yard, the mimosa, if it comes back, is being kept due to the sentimental value it holds for us as a family. We hope to have the foundation cleared and pass inspection by the end of August so that we can begin construction on our new home by mid September. Provided all goes as planned, we hope to be moved in before the beginning of next winter, and what a blessing that day will be! After spending last winter living in a tent that we pitched in our unisulated shop and this winter in a tiny camper given to us by one of our amazingly supportive and generous friends whom we consider family by this point, we have truly learned what it means to be grateful for all of the little things that we so often take for granted.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Feb 13, 2018 4:23 PM CST
I agree with Heath. I think the tree will regrow, probably with many new little "trunks". If so, select several to be your new tree and cut back the rest to encourage rapid growth.

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