My family is originally from Memphis, Tennessee. We live in Cleveland, Ohio now. I always remember visiting relatives in Memphis as a kid and loving the Mimosa trees that lined the streets. Their fragrance was lovely and the tree in bloom was wonderful to look at. I have been tempted to try and grow one in Cleveland, but it is awful cold here in winter. Thanks for the article and pictures! Enjoyed it tremendously!
I had several Mimosa trees on our property here in Florida and while they are very pretty to look at when they flower, WOW- they are messy and spread like wild fire from the seed pods! We finally cut down our trees and they are not easy to cut down. Now, we have to constantly keep a look out for any baby Mimosa trees sprouting up in the yard. Not the kind of tree I want to ever have in my yard again...
I'm with Southerbell421 here. Maybe in Memphis and Cleveland they're not invasive. Mercifully I don't have any in my immediate neighborhood now, but when I first came to Savannah there were mimosa trees about a block away. Yanking up the seedlings that popped up EVERYWHERE was enormously time consuming, especially when they showed up all through the flower and veggie beds where if they got too big and were pulled up they'd take valuable plants with them. I just LOATHE the things.
These trees are very invasive down here in Florida. Although we have taken out all mimosa in our yard, the neighboring yards still have them and the seed pods just keep blowing back into our yard where we have to keep destroying the young plants when they come up. Someone once told me their grandson had killed the mimosa tree they had just by climbing on it. I find that very hard to believe. We even tried to pour old used car oil on a stump and it still tried to grow. They have to be cut down and the roots removed as well or they will try to come back the next year.