jcf - how very intriguing!! You must be in some tropical zone because this certainly looks tropical to me and yes, how much like the Albizia it is - certainly the leaves and form are almost identical. Now you have me stumped and I'm eager to know what we have here - let's hope someone comes up with an answer soon.
I could have sworn your zone did not appear earlier. I wonder if I should have my eyes tested again...lol! So you are pretty tropical.
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It looks just like a little tree that used to grow in my grandmother's yard in Alabama. Mimosa-like foliage and orange pea-like flowers that Stink? Maybe it was the pods that stunk. If that sounds like it to you, I can ask my mom next time I speak to her.
jcf - I'm getting as frustrated as you are. Sheesh, can't wait to find out what it is!! Why don't you take a leaf or flower/seed to the local extension office and see what they come up with. Just an idea :-)
I HAVE ABOUT DECIDED TO DO THAT ON TUESDAY. I WILL BE GOING TO TOWN THEN. ITS KIND OF A HASSLE TRYING TO PARK AND IF I HAVE TO WALK VERY FAR I CAN NOT DO IT.MAYBE SOMEONE WILL FIGURE THIS OUT BEFORE THEN.
I really wish we could have come up with something to avoid your going to the extension office. Why not email them with the photo. I know what you mean about walking far, especially in the heat. I cannot do it either. So wait a while longer, we may have an answer yet. :-)
Thank all of you for all of your help in identifying this. Sounds like it might be a problem in some areas. I am planning to plant some in my yard. They are really a lovely tree.
Thanks again Jerseyguy and all.
i am tremendously impressed by the amount of effort all you guys went to in identifying this tree for JCF, however, after reading the link provided by jerseyguy, i think perhaps that all of you should seriously reconsider spreading this rascal any farther than JCF's yard! it seems to be creating quite a problem once it gets loose. In boston we have a serious problem with phragmites (a reed) which has pretty much taken over the length of the Muddy River and crushes all other plant life. Invasive species are something to be VERY careful with! It does look like a stunner, in spite of its reputation, though!
jcf, I received my seeds today. They arrived in great shape. Thank you. But now I am having trouble deciding whether to plant or not. I have small grandchildren and wonder if I should. However, I do grow castor bean and datura and they are also poisonous...castor bean can kill a child with one seed...so I will probably decide to go ahead and plant at least one. I give stern warnings to the children about the garden. I wonder if the Native Americans used this for anything? Hmmm...need to do some research. Again, thank you for the seeds.