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jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 23, 2012
2:39 PM

Post #9216027

This magnificent Albizzia julibrissin aka "Silk tree" was planted in a mere 1" deep bed behind one of the buildings that comprises the Kaiser Permanente HMO complex in Oakland. Many people report it as invasive, but either it is constrained by our dry-summer West, or this unknown species behaves better. As far as I can tell this bed is, or at least once was, irrigated, but in the twenty years we've watched it, there have been no seedlings sprouting up.

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JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 23, 2012
5:19 PM

Post #9216274

We have a lot of them down here, too, and they don't appear to be a problem...so I agree with you that the dry summers must play a role. Even if they were an issue, I'd rather deal with them vs. palm tree seedlings...which are everywhere here.
That one really is a nice specimen.
snowtop
Orange, CA

July 24, 2012
8:17 AM

Post #9216808

Thery are beautiful but messey. We have one by the pool which irriates the pool man so much he cuts the branches back---which irritates me.
jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 24, 2012
3:06 PM

Post #9217186

I should add - one reason I posted this is because this tree is not often seen in Northern CA. Outside of this one I've only seen one other mature specimen, which died in our 'big freeze' in 2007.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 24, 2012
6:20 PM

Post #9217425

I see them pretty frequently in my part of the East Bay--maybe they do better in the warmer areas?
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 24, 2012
6:21 PM

Post #9217426

Should add...I meant warmer summers, not warmer winters :)
jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2012
8:37 AM

Post #9219295

ecrane3, that's interesting! I have friends in Pleasanton and our CFP firm is in the Concord/WCreek area, so we are out around Hwy 24 and Hwy 580 fairly often. CCC's a big area so I haven't seen most of the residential areas, but I don't think I've seen the Albizzia anywhere I've gone. In Alameda Cty and the western edge of CCC, the El Cerrito/Richmond/El Sobrante area, I've only seen this one and the one that died, on Broadway near the Tunnel.

They are beautiful trees when mature. I wish the PO of our property had planted something really lovely like this, or an evergreen magnolia, instead of the trash silver maple and diseased walnut in our backyard!
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 26, 2012
1:04 PM

Post #9219584

If you want to see some, take a little walk on the Iron Horse Trail in San Ramon--there are several of them just north of Alcosta Blvd (I think you could probably see them if you're driving on Alcosta too) and I think there are a few more here & there as you head north on the trail toward Bollinger Canyon. I've seen them in people's yards too but don't remember specific locations off the top of my head, just know I've noticed them.
jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 31, 2012
7:39 PM

Post #9225511

I'll check those locations out--thanks! I really wish the PO had planted something as beautiful in our backyard as this tree, instead of the dying walnut and trash silver maple, LOL.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 31, 2012
10:08 PM

Post #9225621

I just noticed another one today--on the south side of Amador Valley Blvd in Dublin (think it was not too far from the intersection with Brighton Dr)
GardenSox
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 1, 2012
11:20 AM

Post #9226073

We have a ton of them in the Sacramento area too. In my neighborhood a lot of people have them growing in their front yards. They do look like they make a mess, but it's a nice looking tree.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 2, 2012
3:21 PM

Post #9227426

Saw another one (or two?) yesterday...along 680 north as you're passing the on ramp from Bollinger Canyon in San Ramon.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 2, 2012
6:28 PM

Post #9227613

My sister in law has one in her garden near Chico. They are on farm land and they irrigate in the summer - Albizzia shows up, but, not as bad as they are in the Deep South where they are very invasive. And short lived because of borer pests.

Here in Florida it is Bauhinia that show up everywhere...

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snowtop
Orange, CA

August 2, 2012
7:13 PM

Post #9227668

Very pretty.

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