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Silk Tree, Mimosa Tree, Pink Siris, Persian Silk Tree

Albizia julibrissin

Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Albizia (al-BIZ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: julibrissin (joo-lih-BRISS-in) (Info)
Synonym:Albizzia julibrissin
Synonym:Mimosa julibrissin
Synonym:Albizia julibrissin var. julibrissin
Synonym:Mimosa arborea



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (8 reports)

Bertschikon Bei Attikon,

Capelle Aan Den Ijssel,


, Alabama

Atmore, Alabama

Auburn, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama (2 reports)

Calera, Alabama

Eclectic, Alabama

Gaylesville, Alabama

Holly Pond, Alabama

Irvington, Alabama

Jasper, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama (2 reports)

New Market, Alabama

Orange Beach, Alabama

Springville, Alabama

Thomaston, Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Wetumpka, Alabama

Bowie, Arizona

Golden Valley, Arizona (2 reports)

Kingman, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Prescott, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)

Dermott, Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Apple Valley, California

Arden-arcade, California

Canoga Park, California

Castro Valley, California

Chowchilla, California

Clovis, California

Corona, California

El Cajon, California

Elk Grove, California

Grass Valley, California

Hemet, California

Lake Forest, California

Livermore, California

Lompoc, California

Los Altos, California

Los Angeles, California

Manhattan Beach, California

Martinez, California

Modesto, California

Mountain View Acres, California

North Fork, California

Oak View, California

Oakland, California

Redlands, California

Riverside, California

Rohnert Park, California

Sacramento, California

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Rosa, California

Scotts Valley, California

Shafter, California

Spring Valley, California

Stockton, California

Temecula, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Vincent, California

Yucca Valley, California

Clifton, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Amston, Connecticut

Madison, Connecticut

Milford, Connecticut

Old Lyme, Connecticut

Stamford, Connecticut

Ellendale, Delaware

Harrington, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware

Washington, District Of Columbia

Bartow, Florida

Crawfordville, Florida

Deltona, Florida

Dunnellon, Florida

Green Cove Springs, Florida

Hampton, Florida

Hialeah, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)

Keystone Heights, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Lake City, Florida

Leesburg, Florida

Madison, Florida

Niceville, Florida

Nokomis, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Old Town, Florida

Pensacola, Florida (2 reports)

Perry, Florida

Seffner, Florida

Stuart, Florida

Umatilla, Florida

Wakulla Springs, Florida

Albany, Georgia

Augusta, Georgia

Braselton, Georgia

Brunswick, Georgia

Canton, Georgia

Clayton, Georgia

Conyers, Georgia

Cornelia, Georgia

Eastman, Georgia

Gainesville, Georgia

Griffin, Georgia

Hinesville, Georgia (2 reports)

Lula, Georgia

Macon, Georgia

Newnan, Georgia

Norcross, Georgia

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Rincon, Georgia

Rockmart, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Tifton, Georgia

Townsend, Georgia

Valdosta, Georgia

Kailua, Hawaii

Boise, Idaho (2 reports)

Meridian, Idaho

Chatham, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Litchfield, Illinois

Paris, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Quincy, Illinois

Alexandria, Indiana

Carmel, Indiana

Columbus, Indiana

Evansville, Indiana

Owensville, Indiana

Patriot, Indiana

Princeton, Indiana

Seymour, Indiana

Osage City, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Benton, Kentucky

Berea, Kentucky

Boston, Kentucky

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Cadiz, Kentucky

Farmington, Kentucky

Glasgow, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Mc Dowell, Kentucky

Taylorsville, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Dry Prong, Louisiana

Hessmer, Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Marrero, Louisiana

Pearl River, Louisiana

Vacherie, Louisiana

Westlake, Louisiana

Broomes Island, Maryland

California, Maryland

Centreville, Maryland

Cumberland, Maryland

Jefferson, Maryland

Attleboro, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

Cherry Valley, Massachusetts

Natick, Massachusetts

Sterling, Massachusetts

Hazel Park, Michigan

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Saint Clair Shores, Michigan

Warren, Michigan

Biloxi, Mississippi

Iuka, Mississippi

Mathiston, Mississippi

Poplarville, Mississippi

Saucier, Mississippi

Bates City, Missouri

Blue Springs, Missouri

Fenton, Missouri

Fulton, Missouri

Hughesville, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri

New Madrid, Missouri

Piedmont, Missouri

Pleasant Hill, Missouri

Rockaway Beach, Missouri

Saint Robert, Missouri

Salem, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri

Henderson, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada (2 reports)

Pahrump, Nevada

Collingswood, New Jersey

Neptune, New Jersey

New Milford, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

La Luz, New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Los Lunas, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

Socorro, New Mexico

Bohemia, New York

Fairport, New York

Hampton Bays, New York

Ithaca, New York

Niagara Falls, New York

Roslyn, New York

Ahoskie, North Carolina

Cary, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Fuquay Varina, North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

Havelock, North Carolina

Henderson, North Carolina

King, North Carolina

Mooresville, North Carolina

Pineville, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Ashtabula, Ohio

Bucyrus, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Franklin, Ohio

Garrettsville, Ohio

Girard, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Hamilton, Ohio

Hilliard, Ohio

Mount Orab, Ohio

West Chester, Ohio

Owasso, Oklahoma

Stillwater, Oklahoma (3 reports)

Alsea, Oregon

Hood River, Oregon

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Oakland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Talent, Oregon

The Dalles, Oregon

Altoona, Pennsylvania (2 reports)

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Greencastle, Pennsylvania

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania

Milford, Pennsylvania

Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Roscoe, Pennsylvania

Scranton, Pennsylvania (2 reports)

Vieques, Puerto Rico

East Greenwich, Rhode Island

East Providence, Rhode Island

Riverside, Rhode Island

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Beaufort, South Carolina (2 reports)

Bluffton, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina

Hardeeville, South Carolina

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Lexington, South Carolina

Mullins, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Pelion, South Carolina

Rock Hill, South Carolina (2 reports)

Summerville, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Benton, Tennessee

Crossville, Tennessee

Culleoka, Tennessee

Harriman, Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Old Hickory, Tennessee

Paris, Tennessee

Pocahontas, Tennessee

Tellico Plains, Tennessee

Westmoreland, Tennessee (2 reports)

Alvin, Texas

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas (4 reports)

Baytown, Texas

Beaumont, Texas

Boerne, Texas

Brazoria, Texas

Broaddus, Texas

Brownsville, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Deer Park, Texas

Denton, Texas

El Paso, Texas (2 reports)

Fort Worth, Texas (3 reports)

Frisco, Texas

Garwood, Texas

Grand Prairie, Texas

Hico, Texas

Houston, Texas (4 reports)

Jacksonville, Texas

Kaufman, Texas

Kemp, Texas

Killeen, Texas

Lufkin, Texas

Manor, Texas

Mart, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Natalia, Texas

New Caney, Texas

North Richland Hills, Texas

Orange, Texas

Paige, Texas

Poteet, Texas

Princeton, Texas

Red Oak, Texas

San Angelo, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (3 reports)

Spicewood, Texas

Spring, Texas

Stephenville, Texas

Troup, Texas

Winnsboro, Texas

Riverton, Utah

Saint George, Utah (2 reports)

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Chantilly, Virginia

Chesapeake, Virginia

Colonial Heights, Virginia

Gloucester, Virginia

Jonesville, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Moneta, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia (2 reports)

Richmond, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia (2 reports)

Allyn, Washington

Artondale, Washington

Bellingham, Washington

Blaine, Washington

Clinton, Washington

Concrete, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Langley, Washington

North Bend, Washington

Puyallup, Washington

Renton, Washington

Richland, Washington

Seattle, Washington (2 reports)

Amma, West Virginia

Falling Waters, West Virginia

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 4, 2015, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

This is Mimosa #2 . Mimosa #1 would have been rated a solid negative. #1 was planted in a rather heavy, tight soil and just wouldn't take off the first year. Though it's rated to -10 degrees, our one week of 5 - 10 degrees would kill it to the ground each year. The roots would send up new shoots but I wanted a tree not a scrawny shrub so I pulled it out and checked it off the must-have list. After several years of temptation to try this tree again I broke down and got another one last year, planting it in a much lighter soil of silt, loam and fine sand and held my breath through the winter. It survived and is the most beautiful tree in my garden, with or without flowers. It didn't reseed last year. We have very long days of sunlight in the NW corner of Washington state and long, da... read more


On Nov 30, 2014, joozwa from Lodz
Poland wrote:

Beautiful tree, reported hardy even to zone 6 in the United States, but not zone 6 in north-central Europe probably because of cooler summers.
Seeds are long storeable and easy to germinate, but seedlings are prone to damping-off, which is presumably seedborne. Sowing in coco coir seems to help very much.


On Jun 19, 2014, Justjordn from Girard, OH wrote:

We have had our tree for over 30 yrs surprisingly here in Ohio. Although we no longer find any starts from the seeds and the seeds are VERY tiny in the pods now. I absolutely LOVE this tree and has made
It thru many harsh Ohio winters. I do believe it is now nearing the end, most of the limbs have no sign of life BUT thankfully we do have some ferns starting on about 10 of our branches. Such a great tree it has been and it is the only one in our neighborhood since we got it so many years ago, although we have numerous people stopping every year taking seeds trying to start these beautiful trees themselves.


On Mar 13, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

In the southeastern US, this tree is commonly afflicted by vascular wilt disease (fusarium), which can kill it to the ground. Other diseases and pests are also common, including nematodes. From what I hear, I'm surprised that it still can be cultivated in the south.

These problems don't seem to be so troublesome here in the north. It's still an aggressive self-sower here in Massachusetts, but it doesn't invade natural areas.


On Jan 18, 2014, lalea878 from Mobile, AL wrote:

I live in Mobile, AL and yes, this tree goes crazy in my yard, as do Camelias, Magnolias and Azaleas. I dont hear folks complaining about any of those too much as being invasive though. I love mimosas, as I do the other varieties I mentioned, except azaleas arent my fave (they bloom a total of a month or so and try to shut out everything else in my yard, and get way too large). I had a mimosa growing through my privacy fence slats and had to use a saw on it as the board was bending due to the tree branch breaking through.


On Jun 11, 2013, pinkscraps from St George, UT wrote:

Beautiful tree but ugly messy. Our association landscaper planted this tree right by our patio. Now the patio is covered with pink fuzzies constantly, clustering in great globs by the door mat. Any chance there's a spray to keep this tree from blooming?? Love the fern-like look which gives privacy and shade, but cannot stand the pink fuzzies.


On May 5, 2013, Dean48089 from Warren, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

I would never be without this tree. When I lived in an apartment I grew one as a bonsai. Now I have a huge one in my yard and it is a constant source of pleasure. It starts blooming in late June, just as the catalpa blooms end, and keeps on blooming into September. There are no other blooming trees that grow in this climate flowering at that time. During that time, from dawn to dusk the tree is full of buzzing hummingbirds and every sort of wasp and bee imaginable. The tree casts just enough shade to make the patio tolerable during the summer, yet not so much that it becomes a dark 'skeeter den. Seedlings, coming up from last year's seeds, seldom ever survive their first winter.

I can imagine that this tree might be a problem in places like Florida, but virtually ever... read more


On Aug 30, 2012, Mike_W from Sterling, MA wrote:

I purchased a Mimosa tree this past spring and it has performed well so far this summer. It's only about 2 feet tall, so I can't wait to watch it grow! The leaves are very pretty and the few mature specimens I've seen have a wonderful shape to them, a very tropical looking tree. They seem to be sort of on the rare side in this area. The only ones I recall seeing were in Boston's Franklin Park Zoo, but I happened to notice one growing in the yard of a home a few miles from my own house just this past year.

I'm not too concerned about it being invasive. The few that I've seen here in MA seem to indicate that it doesn't spread too easily in this area. I just hope mine grows to a nice size without being bothered by disease.


On Aug 25, 2012, mcgerm from Galesburg, MI wrote:

I just reported this tree growning in Comstock MI. It is right along the Norfolk Southern tracks along M-96. I almost wrecked my car when I saw this tree. It was not a small specimen either so it has been growing there through quite a few Michigan winters.


On Jul 12, 2012, mirshahed wrote:

silk tress is an asset of natural beauty. some person like it very much and some person less. "Silk Tree" also beautiful name. it is not also costly to grow. some care is enough to planting.


On Jul 11, 2012, VineWorld from Syracuse, UT (Zone 7b) wrote:

I live in middle Alabama and I can attest to this plant's rampent spread (I have about 20 small ones in my yard I didn't even plant)! BUT that does not mean I don't love this absolutely gorgeous tree. It's flowers and bipinnate leaves are beautiful and the leaves close up at night for giggles. It also makes a wonderful addition to any landscape.

It is also a legume, so it's filling your soil with nitrogen it might not of had before!

Overall I would recommend this plant because of it beauty and the fact is it a legume, but just remember if you live somewhere hot and humid, you might very well have a few new seedlings you didn't plan on in your yard next year!


On Jun 18, 2012, QualitySilkPlants from Corona, CA wrote:

Great information however I had an easy time crowing the silk tree in my back yard in Southern California. It seems like the climate is perfect for this tree and as long as you keep it watered it won't die.


On May 29, 2012, DragonStone from Fairfield Harbour, NC wrote:

People aren't kidding about seedlings. It's easy to mow over them if all you have is a lawn but when it comes to beds, that's another issue. If you don't stay on top of the seedlings, it'll turn all garden beds into "carpets of green". I do what I can during spring to fight them back but once the heat of summer kicks in and I spend less time outside, the seedlings take over -everything-. I wish I could eradicate the source but alas, it's not mine or even on my property.


On Apr 27, 2012, Annietree from Colonial Heights, VA wrote:

I love this tree, and it makes me sad how it gets criticized. This is the most beautiful, fragrant tree in the world, and it makes me happy to have one in my yard. Whenever I feel bad, my mimosa cheers me up. The ferny leaves close up at night, and I think that's sweet. It does draw a lot of birds and butterflies. People always ask me what kind of tree it is. I have no problem with the blossoms. It blooms all summer, unlike most trees which only bloom briefly in the early spring. They are gorgeous and well worth it. They drop on the ground, so what, they wither and dissolve into the ground or are chewed up by the lawn mower. Never an issue, how can people be so nitpicky? Also the 'invasive' argument is ridiculous. I have seen a mimosa be in an area for years and never spread. In neighborho... read more


On Mar 28, 2012, Warmenuf from Gibsonville, NC wrote:

I have met a number of people who don't like the mimosa, but I continue to love it, to the extent that I got some seedlings a few years ago and planted several in my yard. What I like most about the mimosa is that it attracts hummingbirds.


On Aug 29, 2011, Readerwoman from Golden Valley, AZ wrote:

What I am seeking is some information on what might be eating our mimosas! We live in NW Arizona, about 3,000 ft. elevation, and have three of the trees. Two are being attacked, in a pattern that looks to be from the top down. They were planted about a year or so ago, and are about 7' tall. They were fine in the early summer, with lovely blossoms and sturdy growth. Our immediate yard is fenced, and we have started closing the driveway gates to keep the burros and larger animals out - but they couldn't reach that high anyway, unless they are/were pulling at the branches to lower them for nibbling! Branches are disappearing, as well as leaves, but they seem to be leaving the pods alone. HELP!
They don't seem to be invasive here, the climate prevents it, I think, and we keep the runner... read more


On Aug 16, 2011, gunde from Westmoreland, TN wrote:

When I moved to my present home in Tennessee, I inherited a large mimosa. I thought it pretty and fragrant, yes, but.... seedlings, seedlings EVERYWHERE. Hundreds of them every year, to be pulled from my vegetable beds, my flower beds, my gravel walks and my gutters (yes, even there!!). I had overlooked some in my borders and since they are almost impossible to pull after only a year's growth or so, was forced to lop them off, which is pretty useless since they resprout ALWAYS. Impossible to eradicate! A true nuisance plant and yet my kids wanted one for their backyard. I warned them, but I guess they'll have to find out for themselves that this "beauty" comes at a big price to pay. Would not recommend except where climate might (by no means, necessarily will) keep this invasive pla... read more


On Aug 2, 2011, loomis from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

Great tree for Las Vegas, our lovely desert and lack of rain keeps this tree in check. It can take our full sun. Its kind of ironic that some of the best trees that are invasive in other parts of the US do really well here. I planted one a couple of years ago on the south side of my house and it keeps chugging along. Average water usage in Vegas for this tree.


On Jul 11, 2011, inezscion from Ocala, FL wrote:

I have NOT and Will Not grow this tree. In Florida the Mimosa is a very invasive tree. Yes, i think it's very pretty, but conserving our native eco system is much more important than having a 'pretty' tree. Please, Please do not tout this tree!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Inez, Florida Master Gardener


On Jun 6, 2011, Tsumi from Hampton Bays, NY wrote:

I love the mimosa tree. We used to have them on a small peninsula where I live, and after years, they disappeared. I'm curious to know if deer are attracted to the flowers or seeds? If anyone has the answer I would appreciate it. I'm getting ready to plant 3 small new trees and want to protect them from any invaders! Thanks!


On Jun 3, 2011, herbella from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

This was the first time that I ever knew that it was called a "silk tree". In Oklahoma, I recall that we had a mature mimosa tree growing near the shed in the backyard of our house. The tree commanded attention so that few people noticed the shed underneath it. That was good because the house sat on a corner lot where the backyard was visible to everyone! However, I don't recall that the mimosa had a scent or that it attracted butterflies. I would have noticed butterflies because I love them. I also don't recall that the mimosa produced volunteers. I am certain that it helped cool things off during those summers when we tried to survive without air conditioning. Now that I live in New Mexico, I have pulled mimosa seedlings up from under our pion pine and from under our fruitless mulberry.... read more


On Jun 2, 2011, FlyPoison from Rock Hill, SC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Introduced by French botanist Andr Michaux in the late 18th century in his formal garden in Charleston, SC, this tree is considered highly invasive. Granted, it's a beautiful specimen but it can really crowd out native plants. I took one out near my home 3 years a go, yet it still sends up new shoots. I plan to hit it directly by cutting the roots and applying roundup. It will be eradicated!

The roots of the plant can literally spread hundreds of feet and in the right environment it can reach heights of over 100'. I've seen some huge specimens while hiking locally that I didn't recognize at first due to their girth and height.


On Jun 2, 2011, xerichick from Dripping Springs, TX wrote:

Yes, they are beautiful & fragrant, but... It really isn't of value as "food" as some comments suggest. I take it that most of the positive reviewers are not vegetable gardeners or farmers. Open ground with no mulch cover is where wind distributed seeds become a problem. The negative review from Crispycritter in GA points out the struggle that his farmer neighbor is having with the abundant seeds produced by this plant. The time & expense to farmers who must control the invasion of this plant into their fields translates into higher grocery prices. Incorporate albizia julibrissin flowers into your diet, & report back how much it lowers your food bill is. Try serving it to your children, too, & let us know how that goes.


On May 31, 2011, ladyisle from Bohemia, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have three that a good friend gave me. Beautiful and no bothersome seedlings.


On May 30, 2011, MusaRojo wrote:

I spent many hours up in the branches of a Mimosa tree in my front yard when I was a child. This is a beautiful and exotic tree and I find it difficult to understand why so many people hate this species. As for all the complaints about it producing seedlings; duh, this is the goal of every plant!


On May 30, 2011, GrammyRose from Livermore, CA wrote:

My neighbor planted this beautiful tree in 1972, had it dug up several years later and I STILL find seedlings once in a while. It is horribly invasive - the negative comments made by others are only too true for me also. Your neighbors will be thankful if you choose an alternative!


On May 30, 2011, Shellsfarm from Grass Valley, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This tree does grow in the Sierra foothills. Best to plant it so you can see the blooms from up above. Have not had a problem with suckers or sprouting seeds. We have three trees on our ten acres, two not irrigated, one that is. The irrigated tree has grown five times faster than the other two.


On May 30, 2011, vanislandgirl from Ladysmith, BC wrote:

I live here in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. And the trees do fairly well here. A sudden heavy wet snow fall killed one last winter. It was in full leaf and the snow did a lot of damage. But have since been given another to replace it. Have another in my front garden. They are fairly easy to keep pruned back. Just love the flowers and the beautiful look of the leaves and branches.


On May 30, 2011, Papiciri from Meco 28880
Spain wrote:

Somewhere I have read that the epithet julibrissin is a corruption of the Persian Gul-i Abrisham, where Gul-i means flower and Abrisham, silk.


On May 30, 2011, machaut from Natick, MA wrote:

When we moved into our house 25 years ago there was a small mimosa in the yard. It was early July, and the tree was gorgeous, filling our house with its perfume.

We live in Zone 5 and were surprised to see it, but there's another one a few blocks away (of impressive size) so they clearly can make it in our climate.

The bark is susceptible to injury and sections of the tree periodically rot and fall away. At least once a hurricane has toppled it. But new shoots always come back to replace it and within a few years we again have a tree. It doesn't mind being pruned (even drastically) when it begins to shade out the perennials and vegetable garden near it.

Yes, it's messy, but nothing a rake can't take care of. Yes, it reseeds, but most of the se... read more


On May 28, 2011, paulette33 from Washington, DC wrote:

This tree was always a favorite when I was growing up in New Jersey and it was easily one of the most visible trees in our area and along the southern beach areas. I saw Cape May, NJ mentioned and it is easily found in the areas from Cape May north to Avalon and Long Beach Island. The scent is intoxicating at night and seems a perfect match for beach/coastal areas. When I lived in Hong Kong I discovered that they have a very similar silk tree but with red fuzzy flowers and it's smaller than the pink flowering variety I grew up with.

Now that I live in Washington, DC I never see them although someone who lives about one mile away from me in Maryland has a beautiful mimosa growing in their front yard with the canopy gracefully arching over the walkway to the front door. When i... read more


On May 9, 2011, CrispyCritter from Clayton, GA wrote:

I marked my comment as neutral as I can see the pros and cons of this tree.
This is really the one plant I can remember from early childhood. Long before I developed an interest in gardening or plants, I was fascinated with this strange other worldly looking tree. The fern like leaves and strange hairy pink flowers always caught my attention.
As an adult, am into "tropicalesque" gardening and landscaping now and have some of these Mimosas as focal points amongst the cannas, cold hardy bananas, palms, flowers I have in my yard. They are a perfect complement to this type of landscape.

On the OTHER HAND though, there is no doubt that this plant can be quite invasive if unchecked. I lived on a large old farm in the same area here in the North Georgia mountains ... read more


On May 5, 2011, hnrsmith4 from Chicago, IL wrote:

Silk trees are the ultimate option to give beauty and charm to your office or home setting. The prime advantage of silk trees is they don't need any good care, watering, or trimming, and give a re-energizing green touch to your rooms without drawing insects and other pests. Silk trees are now available in a selection of colors and shapes.


On Mar 30, 2011, mimosa12 from East Providence, RI wrote:

first lightning hit it so it grew double trunks, then ants ate it causing one half to fall on my house I .had it removed and stump grinded and I am still pulling on little trees every summer a.nd probably will still be at age 80 or when hell freezes over. The seeds were so light they now have the trees on the next two streets over and I even saw one growing out of a sewer drain. They also liked to grow close to my fondation wall caus
ing damage to the skimmed wall and I had to repair it. Yes they are pretty but I prefer to look at them from a distance


On Nov 1, 2010, sleeknight from San Antonio, TX wrote:

I recently moved to San Antonio Texas and wanted one of these trees since I had several in Houston. I had a lot of trouble finding one but finally found one left in a nursery here. The poor thing was half out of its pot and very dry but the nursery assured me they would refund my money if it did not grow. I bought it in April of this year. Well its now November and it has done beautifully. Its kinda dry here and have to water a lot, but it is doing great. I am a little worried if it will make it through the winter. I plan to mulch it and cover it if it really freezes here. The leaves are now dropping, but according to comments, this is natural for this time of year. Hope it makes it through winter as I am looking forward to a bloom next summer.


On Sep 2, 2010, kfactor43 from Hillsboro, NH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Soon after buying her first home in Wolcott, CT, in 1965, my mother received a small Mimosa tree from a relative. In consideration of our higher elevation and comparatively harsh winters at the time, she planted the young tree in a sheltered ell of the house with southeastern exposure. The Mimosa eventually grew into a beautiful specimen of a tree. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of summer days spent playing in the backyard beneath its sprawling canopy, as warm breezes filled the air with the peachy aroma of its blooms.

Three years ago, Mom brought me a tiny Mimosa - about the size of my index finger - that had self seeded from its still thriving parent into one of her potted plants. That little progeny - now 5' tall and 8' wide - is in a large pot on my south faci... read more


On Aug 31, 2010, deadnateray from Seymour, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

i grew up with a mimosa in my dads front yard in butlerville indiana and yes there were baby trees but as long as you mowed they werent a problem , i found a whole fence row of babies the other day and brought one home , right now doesnt look so good but hopefully it will comeback . i love the beautiful flowers and the way they smell mmmmmmm.......


On Aug 27, 2010, Marcyphish from Golden Valley
United States wrote:

As a desert tree you can't ask for much more. Due to lack of moisture and nutrition in the ground the Mimosa stays where you put it. But she is tuff enough to grow in alkaline soils and adds beautiful color all summer long.


On Aug 24, 2010, drdeadlift from Scotts Valley, CA wrote:

I love the flowers even though it is a messy tree. It does not spread much here in Scotts Valley Ca as it is too dry, but it is invasive in my nursery which stays moist, and also develops root suckers.


On Aug 23, 2010, Mulebone1 from Garwood, TX wrote:

We discovered quite by accident how to keep the mimosa flowers from making a mess. After buying a peacock and peahen, we were surprised to see them eat every flower that the tree drops. They never ate flowers that were still on the tree, though. The only thing they seemed to like better were the tent caterpillars which were (badly) infesting our pecan trees. It didn't take long before the ground under the large mimosa was completely cleaned up and our pecan trees were caterpillar free! This was about 25 years ago when we lived in central Louisiana.


On Aug 23, 2010, sseiber6 from West End, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

When I lived in Dunnellon, FL, I had this beautiful tree growing next to an out building in my back yard. It was georgeous, and I loved it. I had no problem with the reseeding, as my husband simply mowed under and around the tree. I never even had any volunteers either. It never broke off, and had a thick trunk. It also was very near a fig tree I had growing. It was a mature tree, when I moved there, and 12 yrs later when I moved, it was still beautiful. I since have moved to NC and miss this tree so much. I will plant another one in my back yard as soon as I can find one here. I am amazed that so many people hate this tree!


On Aug 23, 2010, annhelen from Townsend, GA wrote:

There is something magical about this tree. I had a treehouse (a platform, really) in one when I was a child and had many spiritual experiences there. Please never call it a scurge, nor deny it the extension of itself with its seed. I am an author and wrote one of my best short stories about my childhood entitled "Mimosa" (so called for many years in the south). The scent was so inexpressibly lovely (no pollen problem for me) and I climbed up it nearly every day (no problems with bark). Lying flat on my "floor" I would watch the gentle, delicate fronds moving in the breeze, inhale the delightful little-girl scent and love God. Please don't call it a pest.


On Aug 5, 2010, QSally from Scranton, PA wrote:

These beautiful trees have been growing in my home town of Cape May N.J for as long as I can remember. There is one near my mother's house that is older than 36 years old and it is still tall and gorgeous. We have NEVER considered them a pest or weed.
I have been unsuccessful in growing them from a seed here in Scranton, P.A. as well as transferring them from my mothers yard. They can not be out of the ground for it appears to be more than 2 hours at the most. Seeing as I live 3 1/2 hours away it was pretty much gone before I even got home.
I love this tree so much I am going to end up ordering one to plant. My mother in law lives near by and her neighbor has one. Everyone thinks it is beautiful.


On Jul 31, 2010, PammiePi from Green Cove Springs, FL wrote:

This is considered an invasive plant here in Florida, but I actually like this tree. I think it is beautiful, & slow enough in growth to be controlled. I found a young tree growing along side the road & transplanted it in my yard. Initially, it looked like it had died. To my surprise, the following spring, the tree re-appeared, and has since grown into a beautiful mature tree. It is one of my favorites in the yard.

While it does produce seed pods, I have not found any evidence of it appearing any where else in my yard or lower lot, which leads me to believe the seeds don't have a high germination rate (and so are not too invasive).

I'd have to give this tree a Positive vote, based on it's beauty, ease of growth, and unique qualities (leaves & flowers).


On Jun 18, 2010, EffieH from Amston, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I grew up in Oklahoma where my Dad grew mimosas down the side of our long driveway -- I don't recall them being invasive at all, they grew slowly and eventually died after about twenty years due to the dryness of the location, but they were beautiful and smelled wonderful in the spring. I miss them here in Connecticut where you rarely see them, they are definitely NOT invasive here but once in a while you see a huge one that has become a large tree. I ordered three small ones online two years ago (probably from someone down south profiting from the invasion in their yard -- if you're having a problem, try selling them on eBay to people in places where they are hard to come by) two lived and they are each about ten feet tall already.


On Jun 5, 2010, MickeyNotD from Hialeah, FL wrote:

I love these trees. I read a lot of comments, both positive and negative, but no one (at least from what I've read) mentions how totally delicious the flowers smell! Aside from being a beautiful tree, they are so light and tropical looking that it makes me happy just looking at them! Did I say I love these trees?


On Jun 1, 2010, shn02al from Wetumpka, AL wrote:

Don't do it! I see these trees peeking out of old forest groves every time I drive on my way to town and every year there seems to be more and more of them. It's invasive in Alabama and taking over our trees. As if kudza wasn't enough...Do not plant!!!


On May 22, 2010, MinxFox from Pensacola, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a really enjoyable plant. Sure it can be somewhat invasive, but it really isn't that horrid. In our backyard we have a beautiful mimosa tree. The tree's shape reminds me of an African tree because of the umbrella-like top and the leaves have a unique shape. The tree is a favorite perch for birds, and it does provide some very wonderful cool shade. It probably is best not to have it close to a pool just because it does have many flowers that will fall all over and seed pods too, but it is not much trouble. I would warn that it can cause an alergic reaction...I once climbed the tree and found out that if you touch the bark and then accidentally rub your eyes the next day you might wake up with your eyelids sealed shut with crust, but you can use a cloth to help get the crust off. We ... read more


On Mar 23, 2010, milletre from Sacramento, CA wrote:

Can occasionally be pruned and guided into a beautiful tree, but it's really messy and insanely invasive where I live (Sacramento). Do not want.


On Jan 13, 2010, bed24 from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

I moved to Denver from Atlanta (where these trees are everywhere) and was absolutely shocked to find an established mimosa growing near downtown. I think it's potentially good choice for Denver because as a native to south/central Asia it's very drought tolerant but probably marginally cold hardy and unlikely to be invasive.


On Dec 31, 2009, DMgardener from (Daniel) Mount Orab, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Now, I have not grown this plant, but there are several large specimens around here, and every June, I am amazed by the puffy, yet spikey blooms. The form of the trees are a bit like gigantic bonsai, with that flat top, and bent over shape. This plant is a looker!!! A real conversation piece.


P.S. In the winters of '04 and '07 (two of the worst winters I have ever seen) the all Mimosas survived!


On Oct 16, 2009, purplesun from Krapets
Bulgaria (Zone 8a) wrote:

There hardly is anything to say about Silk Tree that hasn't been said before. Here, in Bulgaria, this is a much planted, if exotic-looking tree. There are adult specimens even in the capital Sofia, which is one of the cooler and colder places in Bulgaria. Elsewhere, they benefit even more from the summer heat and are happy in just about any type of soil.
Silk tree has not become a weed however and is not bothered by diseases, though it is a very short-lived lanscape element. Of course, there is the litter problem, so anyone with a pool or other high-maintenance area should think twice before planting a silk tree.
I personally have a lukewarm attitude to this tree, though when I first saw it as a child outside an airport on the Black Sea coast, I was highly impressed by it.... read more


On Oct 4, 2009, chaselcrn from Peoria, IL wrote:

I live in an area of the Midwest where the mimosa does not usually thrive. We planted a seedling against a tall fence in our back yard 24 years ago. It hangs over a deck around our pool. We didn't get a bloom until 3 years ago and , and the the view was spectacular for the entire summer. Again last year it produced a full blooming tree. The flowers were messy on the deck, but didn't mind the cleanup, compared to the beauty of the tree. We have silver maples all around our neighborhood, and the flowers from the mimosa doesn't compare to the mess the pods from the silver maple do, growing everywhere, including gutters. We sit on the patio and watch the hummingbirds fly from our neighbor's feeder to our tree. Last year was a slow start for it to bring forth leaves; was very worried we ... read more


On Sep 13, 2009, LadyAethelwyne from Harriman, TN wrote:

This is the worst tree thar I have ever dealt with! My Aunt has one next door, and every summer I am pulling out saplings from under my arbor, in my Irises, next to my house, everywhere!
The saplings grow like nothing I've seen, from a sprout to a 6 foot tree in no time, if left unchecked. Last year, I paid a friend to cut down two trees. This year, they are back and over 8 ft tall.
The flowers have left dust all over my car and seem to be ruining my paint job. I can't park anywhere else; my driveway and her backyard with the mimosa connect!
Along our rural route, there used to be nice green hillsides of native trees and a creek running alongside. Now, the creek is choked with mimosa trees and the hillsides are a dense jungle and it has to be constantly trimmed so mo... read more


On Aug 31, 2009, dbpbkc from pleasant Hill, MO wrote:

I have read the feedback on these trees and it seems that there is a love it or hate it opinon on them. I have always found them to be beautiful accents where planted but until now have never had the space to grow one. In my area these trees are found planted as a focal point in people's lawns. I believe the combination of cold winters and lawnmowers must keep them in check. I have recently moved to a rural area and started some seeds from a few pods I collected last year. The germination rate was pretty low but I did get two seeds to sprout. Keeping in mind the commentary on invasiveness, I will choose their site carefully when planting them in the ground next year. They do not get very tall here but seem to look more like large umbrella shaped shrubs so I believe this will make it... read more


On Aug 26, 2009, kitawhit from Houston, TX wrote:

I find it so funny how many people are against this tree. Instead of complaining,they COULD be utilizing the tree as long as it is there. You can EAT the flowers as a vegetable, and you can even use it in place of an antidepressant according to Chinese herbology. also check out it's other medicinal qualities. or maybe ask a Chinese herbal doctor.
If you have too many weeds, consider selling those little weedlings. It may be a pest for You, but it's not a pest for everyone. It doesn't spread like wildfire EVERYWHERE (even though i live in Texas,i rarely have a seedling from it). For many in other places , it is a treasured plant, and those who don't like it, can share their bounty with those who have trouble coming by it. If it acts like a weed for them, they COULD mulch... read more


On Aug 11, 2009, GreenerBlues from Cary, NC wrote:

Every time I see one of these "trees" in my neighborhoods I cringe. My experience with the mimosa has been awful, and I could take any one of the other negative reviews and copy it word for word because these people know what they're talking about, and I have lived it. The sticky sappy flowers, the thousands of seed pods, the prolific and dormant seedlings, the weekends lost to yardwork, the mess - all true. I once trimmed a branch hanging over into my yard and was subdued by an allergic reaction for two days afterwards. That branch came back, growing eight(!) feet in a year. The pink flowers are staining my deck and the seed pods are littering my vegetables. I cannot stress the negative aspects of this plant enough, yet I believe the worst part about it is that people can't see it's reall... read more


On Jul 31, 2009, MrsBerger07 from Rockmart, GA wrote:

I had never seen a Mimosa until I moved to the Georgia. At first I loved them with all of their Beautiful flowers, they seemed to glow. Now, we live in a more rural area, and they are Everywhere! They have taken over!! My husband and I spend hours upon hours every year pulling up seedlings from everywhere imaginable! They are very messy trees to boot, and the flowers stick to everything! They grow in areas even moss won't grow under our 19, 30yr old Water Oak trees! I highly discourage any use of Mimosa in landscaping, especially in the South where it is such a menace that pushes out the native species.


On Jun 30, 2009, plortho from Greensboro, NC wrote:

it all sounds like hyperbole 'til you've had to deal with mimosas:

my neighbor's 35ft tree propogated evil seedlings everywhere...
hard to pull, hard to kill, choke out native species, a bloody nuisance.

planting and selling are IRRESPONSIBLE, INCONSIDERATE acts, point blank. why make things worse for others?
Please find a friendlier alternative. And, if you like the way they look:

read a Dr. SEUSS book instead! - i'm glad i did!


On Jun 28, 2009, texzilla from Mansfield, TX wrote:

This is an invasive, destructive, invasive pest of a plant. It is a noxious weed masquerading as a tree. It destroys habitat, native plants, and physical structures. Show some responsibility and refuse to plant them; if you own them eradicate them.

These trees gained popularity for their rapid growth after WWII. An awful mistake that many communinities in Texas and the South are now paying for.

Why do nurseries sell them? The same reason restaurants still sell Chilean Sea Bass; fools with no sense of community responsibility will buy them because "they smell good" or they provide someone's sorry life with a bit of nostalgia. The South has enough invasive pests like kudzu, fireants, and walking catfish without folks willfuilly planting them.

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On Jun 28, 2009, HerringtonHills from Coden, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

As a young child... I loved this tree. The "pink fuzz" was so pretty. I also loved touching the leaves and watching them "fold" away.
However as a adult with my own garden, fence-lines and yard to tend to... I HATE this tree. It grows everywhere! Under things, over things, around things. Seedlings... hundreds of them pop up around the bases of my sago palms and day lilies.
I was honestly shocked to see that people actually "wanted" these trees. If your ever in the Mobile, Alabama area... come over to my house... you can take as many as your truck can haul away!


On May 20, 2009, pinkb31 from Baytown, TX wrote:

I love my mimosa. Grows best in full sun. I never tend to it.
(TEXAS) It gives perfect shade for my front yard which is only about 105ft in length.
my family enjoys the smell and the insects,hummingbirds that are attracted to the flowers. The birds like perching.(i put a bird bath under it)
I mow my yard so i don't have any trouble with the seedlings that sprout up. I use organic fertilizer for the grass once a year which makes the flowers a darker pink.
The only thing i don't like is that it is not an evergreen.
If you are hesitant to grow any plant/tree,look for someone who is growing it or for online pictures that may give you an idea if it's right 4 your yard.


On Feb 17, 2009, Angel_D from Quincy, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant grows in my area (Midwest) and I also remember it growing in Hawaii, where I lived for ten years. I was on the board of directors for my condominium association there, and we had to have a couple of mimosa trees in a parking area cut down because of the leaves. They are so tiny that they easily slip through the "grill" area on the top of the car's hood (just below the windshield). As noted by a previous reviewer, the flowers are sticky and difficult to clean up after if they get on a car. This is certainly a beautiful tree, but it needs to be kept away from cars, or any other artificial surface, really, because of the effort required in clean up.

I can't speak to how invasive they are here. I see several around town when they are blooming, but I haven't not... read more


On Sep 8, 2008, nydia from Kissimmee, FL wrote:

I used to live in New York (Bronx) we lived in a story house and we had this tree in our yard and it was a pleasure to look out my window and see this beautiful tree in full bloom . Better than looking at a five story apartment building.


On Aug 17, 2008, max2penny3 from Mount Pleasant, PA wrote:

I planted seeds from my mimosa tree that I had collected from another tree prior to moving. It has been about 2 years & growing well, but no blooms. I love this tree & the blooms are so pretty.


On Aug 15, 2008, Ariellah from Sneedville, TN wrote:

This plant may be invasive but it has so much to offer mankind, so it must be preserved. Most planst that are invasive are usually valuable medically and the mimosa is no exception.

For over thousands of years the bark of the Mimosa has been used to treat lesions of the skin. For hikers hurt and bleeding this is a benefit to have growing nearby. Mimosa root bark contains 16% tannins, which act as an astringent, making the skin stop bleeding. This helps protect the body from infection, while the skin's cells repairs DNA and builds new protective tissue.

In 1984, 5000 burn victims were helped with powdered Mimosa bark because the bark in this form is also a pain killer for many hours.

Its also a natural dewormer for woodland creatures. I won't l... read more


On Aug 4, 2008, tesaje from Jefferson, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

I hate this tree. It grows faster than anything, plants itself everywhere and it stinks when you break it. It is hard to pull even when young. This tree is an ecological disaster.


On Jul 5, 2008, gaylaintucson from Tucson, AZ wrote:

I have not found one person here in Tucson that hates this tree. Its simply outstanding! I had mine in a big pot for the first 3 years and then planted it beside my pond when I moved. It does make for some clean up in the pond, but the wonderful shade it brings makes it worth it. The humming birds love it! I found it to be slow growing and I never have had it reproduce from seed, sadly. I wish I had ten.


On Jul 5, 2008, catherindagr8 from Roanoke, VA wrote:

Invasive? I find the massive Oak trees in the yard of our rental home more invasive than the pretty Mimosas. The Mimosa is lovely and resembles a fern to me. I haven't noticed any unwanted seedlings coming up the way others are saying they will.... I can't get rid of all the darn acorns that are sprouting in my yard, flower beds, herb garden.

I also have sweet pea that just showed up after three years at this residence. talk about invasive and difficult to kill...it is all over the yard not to mention taking over one of my flower/ tree gardens...


On Jun 15, 2008, rgsurrett from Raleigh, NC wrote:

My mother lives in an older part of Raleigh NC and I take care of her yard. I have planted lots of Azaleahs and Gardenias in her yard, a few rose bushes with no luck, then suddenly from nowhere a Mimosa starts growing right at the edge of the front porch beside the house, almost looks as it if is coming from under the house. It has grown so fast this year that is is growing over into the dogwood planted in the front yard.

My mother loves the tree, as do I, but are unsure of what to do (cut it down or just prune it), any suggestions. I also just noticed another one growing in front of the house inside of an azalea, small one about 2 feet tall.

This is the first one I've seen in this neighborhood. On another note, her backyard has bamboo growing like wil... read more


On May 19, 2008, secretariat73 from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

The mimosa was one of the first plants placed in our southern exposure yard over 10 years ago, and it remains a solid favorite for both me and my husband. Over the years, it has gradually developed into a 15-20 foot tree with a beautiful canopy. It has flourished in alkaline clay soil with average water (by desert standards) and provides much desired filtered shade for neighboring plants. The mimosa responds well to fertilizer but does not seem to require it, so most years, it goes without. The branches have withstood 65mph wind gusts, and we've never had problems with fallen limbs. It handles temperatures that range from 5F to nearly 120F and takes full desert sun without any protest whatsoever. This plant has developed an incredible root system! Volunteer seedlings have never been... read more


On May 14, 2008, Puffy1 from Qualicum Beach, BC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I live on Vancouver Island and just got this tree as a house warming gift. Hope it does well here and isn't "marginal" or invasive either for that matter. Will keep it away from the driveway just in case!


On Apr 19, 2008, babyqsmama from Hico, TX wrote:

I love my Mimosa tree! MY grandmother had 2 when I was little and I loved the smell and flowers. We played under it and climbed it all the time. Now I have my own home and have one growing. I am having trouble getting a true tree. Mine looks more like a bush. So many little spouts came up at the same time in the same area that there are many little trunks coming up.


On Apr 17, 2008, leighgalv from Galveston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Read alot of the posts - you either love it or hate it....and yes I can attest to it becoming an invasive plant. In th spring, the dogwood, redbud and azalea blooming wild along the roads in East Texas area near Woodville. And right up there with all that beauty in the summer, the mimosa makes its wild display along the roadways, and it is beautiful too. So much so, I wanted one in our yard at the lake house. I have several coming up in the yard without myself going through all the trouble!

I have to tell the guys not to mow over my mimosa!! We'll see!


On Apr 6, 2008, snorklehead from Nokomis, FL wrote:

The trees are beautiful, fast growing, and give a lot of shade. I grew up with one next to the driveway, here in Florida. The lawn mower takes care of seedlings with no problem. It's really cool how the leaves fold up at night and reopen in the morning. Sure, a few of the flowers will turn brown on your driveway, but you can always hose them off. I'm planning to plant a couple in the back yard. I won't live long enough to go the live oak route.


On Mar 25, 2008, 1cros3nails4gvn from Bluffton, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

this tree is the tree that first sparked my interest in plants and got me growing all these different kinds of plants that i am today


On Mar 8, 2008, crimsontsavo from Crossville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Perhaps if a person wants this plant so badly, they can place it in a large pot and remove the seeds before they spread.
Would work great on an outdoor patio. ;-)


On Feb 26, 2008, steve16 from Sacramento, CA wrote:

Our neighbor has a mimosa that overhangs the fence. Mounds of pink fuzz all over our parsley and basil and tangled in the pepper plants, seedlings popping up everywhere. This past summer I laid a ransom bluestone patio around our small exercise pool. I was despairing of being able to get the mossy thyme started quickly enough to fill in between the stones before trying to sweep, hose and vacuum off the next years avalanche of sticky pink fluff, when our neighbor told us she finally convinced her husband to take it out so she can have a garden in the area now underneath it. We promptly volunteered to share the cost, and she offered us the wood for our fireplace.


On Feb 25, 2008, sasha10 from Valsolda
Italy (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a beautiful tree. It is the most exotic plant here in zone7b. It is very popular. It spreads and has pink and white flowers all summer.


On Feb 23, 2008, parkersford from Salem, MO wrote:

Too invasive. If attracting butterflies is your objective, you would be better off planting a couple of butterfly bushes (buddleia) or some milkweed. Even though my two ten year old mimosa trees have never flowered, they somehow still manage to produce tons of seedlings all over the yard.


On Jan 31, 2008, jqpublic from Cary, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant has taken over our roadsides and the edges of natural areas. I hate this tree! It also sprouts all over my yard!


On Jan 7, 2008, FG from Redlands, CA wrote:

Yes they are messy, but I use them as sun shades for my yard. I have 12 evenly spaced but only let them get about 12 feet tall. Makes nice filtered shade with little care here in California.


On Jan 7, 2008, Mudgunner from Victoria, BC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I brought home (to Canada) a seed pod of this tree which was growing like a weed in Salt Lake City. I started several plants from the seeds, and gave away all but one which I have in a large (5-gal.) pot. After about 10 years of protection from the winter, which may not have been necessary, it was accidentally subjected to a freeze while I was away from home. It survived, but bore no flowers this year. I'm crossing my fingers for next year.

Messy at times as I grow it on a balcony, but I seem to have the only survivor of my original batch of seeds.


On Sep 21, 2007, escambiaguy from Atmore, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

These trees are a total weed in the southeast. Every time I see the flowers, I think of the backache involved in pulling the seedlings. They do look out of place growing next to our native trees and I think they look trashy.

On a recent vacation to the Smokey Mountains, I was amazed to see mimosas growing there too. That's one place I thought I could go and not have to see this weed!


On Sep 16, 2007, goldie50 from Augusta, GA wrote:

This plant is very invasive. I started a veggie garden and a wildflower garden this summer. I spent the last month pulling up baby mimosa coming up everywhere. It has taken over our backyard and my husband just mows over with the mower. I want to get rid of this nuisance.


On Sep 6, 2007, lissyrae from Old Hickory, TN wrote:

People, PLEASE STOP planting these things! Yes, they are pretty, but they are also destroying our already threatened southern forrests! This is not hyperbole - drive down any southern highway or through the Smokies or the Blueridge Mountains, and you will see them everywhere along the roadsides. They are one of several exotic species slowly outcompeting our native trees and shrubs. Are you REALLY so selfish you're willing to endanger our native fauna and flora over some LANDSCAPING? Please stop and consider the consequences. There are lots of beautiful native and exotic but non-invasive alternatives. :)


On Aug 17, 2007, broncbuster from Waxahachie, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Wow! I never new this beautiful tree could spark such bitterness! I can't imagine how such a small thin-leaved tree could be so invasive! I've got a whole lot of hackberry trees on my place and I'd love to replace them with these. I had these in the yard as a kid and always loved the way that they sprawled out. I could climb up in them and sit on the branches and was able to jump to the ground. I remember a few saplings would come up each year but they were easily removed. We planted sunloving plants under them and they did great! And the blooms are gorgeous. To each his own, I guess.


On Jul 1, 2007, Bootheel from New Madrid, MO wrote:

Although I agree they are pretty, they compete too well with native species on forest edges and can become so dense that they will crowd out other plants. They can take over a stream bank in just a few years. Plant one and you will leave a legacy of sprouts for up to 50 years, that is how long the seeds can remain dormant before coming up in you favorite bed, where you will find it fast growing and nearly impossible to pull and a pain to dig. The only kind thing I can think of is that as a child I found it easy to carve initials and hearts in the trunk. This is one that would have been better left in Asia.


On May 27, 2007, krdixon from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

FYI the very first Albizia julibrissin planted in the US is located at 1320 Weller Way (north of Land Park) in Sacramento, CA . It was brought into the States by a nurseryman and selections were made by him for distribution in the various areas of the US. We purchased the home in the very early 50 and had to sign a contract that we would maintain the tree in good health. I believe that this covenent is still part of the title deed.


On May 10, 2007, joegee from Bucyrus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Grows well for me in 5b/6a north Central Ohio. It easily endured a horribly warm winter followed by -8F and a blizzard. I know that keeping this tree will take work. I know I will need to be responsible with it, but I remember the incredible, subtle fragrance that permeated the air in South Carolina.

I want that in my back yard.

On a side note, I tried smaller seedlings a few years ago and all were killed by the winter cold, so I'm suspecting that up here this tree will be fairly well behaved.


On Apr 25, 2007, tropicsofohio from Hilliard, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love the tropical look of it in the summer. Exotic flowers cover the tree; it grows fast but not too weedy here.


On Apr 18, 2007, marcia9 from Kearneysville, WV wrote:

I grow these in my yard in Kearnesyville, West Virginia.

They grow in all parts of West Virginia; we just love ours and I name them with their own personal names as they ae so much a part of our family. They bring us shade and are a comfort to look at. Marcialynn


On Apr 10, 2007, pinkypetunia from Poplarville, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:

The mimosa grows wild here in south Mississippi and I truly believe we are blessed because of it. As a girl growing up here, I have so many wonderful memories of climbing a huge old mimosa in our back yard where I could sit undetected for hours and think, read or just watch the cars go by. Such a pleasant, shady place on a HOT summer day. Everyone had one or two in their yards and the absolute best thing to me about mimosas is the smell of the flowers,it is divine, like angels breath. My sons have grown up knowing how much mama loves mimosa and every year I can't wait till they bloom,when we first see a bloom, no matter where weare, my son will stop the car and go pick me mimosa blossoms,ah heavenly scent, I now have 5 yr. old tripplett grand daughters and they will know all about mimosas ... read more


On Apr 6, 2007, babynuts43 from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have loved these trees for as long as I can remember and when I finally bought my own house, I transplanted one from my folks' place in North Carolina. Man was I excited! However, while the tree has really grown fast, it has yet to bloom in the four years it has been growing. The other thing I have noted is that it loses almost all of it's "leaves" before the summer is over. I must admit the whole tree thing is new to me so maybe I am just being impatient. I cannot find any information on this particular problem so I guess I will continue to wait...but if nothing happens in the next couple of years, I think I will just have to replace it with some other kind of tree.


On Mar 16, 2007, cabrlamo from Alexandria, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:

I had never seen/heard of this plant until I lived overseas in Japan. While there I thought it was an interesting tree with unique blooms and a nice smell. I haven't seen anyone else comment on the smell of the blooms. Maybe I am silly, but I will always associate this tree with the smell of the flowers and dusky sunsets. After three years in Japan we moved back to Indiana. (Of course we forgot about this tree.) And then lo and behold we buy a house in a small town and down the street a neighbor has one in her front yard! It is a fairly large tree, so I assume it has been there for some time. And I have yet to see many limbs or branches down to indicate that it is weak wooded. I was surprised when I saw this was rated for zone 6a. We are in central Indiana and are zone 5. It is a gorgeous ... read more


On Feb 22, 2007, Delmobile from Mobile, AL wrote:

Just wanted to add, my grandmother, who was born in New Orleans in 1901, told me when she was little she and her sisters would make necklaces using mimosa seeds and cantaloupe seeds that they dyed different colors using dyes they made, mulberries and things like that. Their big day was when they sold a necklace to their teacher for a quarter. Now I love mimosa trees for this story, as well as their beauty.


On Jan 21, 2007, stillwaterok from Stillwater, OK wrote:

Great site you have here! In regards to the Mimosa Tree, I am a Stillwater, Oklahoma native. And I grew up climbing and even building a tree house in the beautiful large Mimosa Tree (with pink flowers) that adorned our frontyard.

So, include Stillwater, OK in your list of locations. By the way, I give it a 90% Positive. And a 10% Negative, because it can be a nuisance when the seeds fall and one starts to grow next to the foundation of your home. Hacking it off doesn't kill it. It will still grow back. Very hardy! Thanks for Your time! ~Mike Duckwall~


On Dec 19, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Silk Tree, Mimosa Tree, Pink Siris Albizia julibrissin is naturalized in Texas and other States and is considered an invasive plant in Texas.


On Dec 8, 2006, lobcard from Newport News, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I was shocked to see Mimosa on a top ten plant list when it should be on the THUG list! Yes, the flowers are interesting, but the seeds spread this plant like crazy and it displaces native species. I did research that involved plants and hummingbirds, and the birds do tend to ignore pollinating native species when the mimosa is in flower - and that makes it harder for our beautiful natives to reproduce. It is considered invasive in mountain, piedmont and coastal regions of Virginia according to our Division of Natural Heritage, yet nurseries are still allowed to sell it (I'll never get that!).


On Dec 2, 2006, blossombloom from Griffin, GA wrote:

Some people love this "tree" while others cant stand it. For me I called this so called tree a weed! To me it serves no purpose. Its VERY invasive and hard to get rid of. I just go over the lawn more with it now but will eventually have to do something else.


On Sep 30, 2006, jediabish from Blue Springs, MO wrote:

I grew up in NC where this tree is abundant! It has the most beautiful foliage and blossoms in the early summer. It tolerated some of our driest years and some of our harshest ice storms with no visible damage. They grow very fast and propogate very quickly. We have them here in MO but I've not seen them grow like they do further south. I plan to start mine from seeds. I do love them and think they are a great addition to any butterfly garden(as long as you keep them under control (ex. pull up the volunteers).


On Sep 5, 2006, dcamanda from Alexandria, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I wish I could say "EXTREMELY NEGATIVE". Through my experiences with this plant, there's nothing I consider attractive about it. I spent a stint in the National Park Service where this plant was on our top 10 list of invasives to kill. Dave's Garden, PLEASE take this off this list and put it on the list of thugs! Small wonder its only competitors are Pawlomia and Japanese honeysuckle -- two other Japanese invasives! Stop it! Stop it!

As with other non-native invasives, please, help out this lovely country of ours and try to select NATIVE plants with comparably attractive properties if at all possible.


On Sep 1, 2006, AWildflowerMan from Calera, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

This tree is listed on the USDA Invasive Plants list as an invasive and noxious weed. Here in Alabama it pushes out native trees and shrubs along highways, particularly interstate highways, to the point where along some stretches it is the dominant plant. The only true competitors to this plant are other invasive plants like Paulownia tomentosa (Princess Tree), kudzu, and, in some cases, Japanese honeysuckle. Yes, it is beautiful when in bloom; however, this becomes a curse because of the prolific seed production. There are too many native plant species that are just as beautiful; they are just not "exotic."


On Aug 20, 2006, nonillion from West Brookfield, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

The invasive Mimosa (Albizzia julibrissin) should not be confused with our Texas native Fragrant Mimosa (Mimosa borealis), which is a wonderful fast-growing shrub (to 9 feet tall) and very low maintenance.

The Austin Grow Green program recommends planting a Desert WIllow (Chilopsis linearis) instead of the invasive Mimosa.


On Aug 14, 2006, Fireweed87 from Collingswood, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

Garish tree that looks out of place wherever it's planted, IMO. Invades our woodlands in New Jersey and is considered an invasive species.


On Aug 11, 2006, lemmons75 from Rock Hill, SC wrote:

I live in an apartment in Rock Hill,S.C. and this tree grows on the creek bank behind my apartment.I think it is a wonderful tree.It atracts alot of humming birds and butterflies.When I get my house I plan to take some of the seeds to plant.


On Jul 21, 2006, MrMac81 from Wellford, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

In the Piedmont of South Carolina, the Mimosa tree is extremely Invasive! On the college campus where I teach
it is growing all along the wood lines.
All along I-85 it is growing into the barrier fences along the Greenville-Spartanburg area.

Great plant for Hummingbirds and buttleflies, but a problem.


On Jul 21, 2006, tropicalaria from Tri-Cities, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Beautiful specimen tree, not at all invasive here, possibly due to the lack of rainfall, low humidity, and alkali soil of Eastern Washington State. Can be difficult to start, but quite dependable once established. Rarely lasts more than 30-50 years because the brittle wood breaks in the high winds once it gets large and old. I have never seen a severely damaged tree recover here, in contrast to the comments above which indicate that it comes back from the stump in other parts of the country.


On Jul 11, 2006, renatelynne from Boerne new zone 30, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This grows fast. BUT it is what I consider a trash tree, (it just about always has something falling from it). Little trees start just about everywhere a seed falls. The ONLY reason I would plant it is if you want something extremely fast growing that is showy and you don't mind cleaning up under it a lot.


On Jun 30, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Was very interesting to read all the above opinions about this tree. I was not familiar with its invasiveness, but then that is a regional problem, mostly. Here in dry, deserty southern California, few things are as invasive as they are in the wet eastern half of the country. This plant is grown commonly here as a stately and fascinating landscape specimen- one of the few horizontal forming silohuettes you can grow here. And as for invasiveness, I have not heard of a problem here. It can show up in potted plants that get watered all the time, but rarely, if ever, does it reproduce itself, at least here somewhat inland in southern California. Sadly, it is messy, and loses its leaves in the winter.


On Jun 30, 2006, SherryLike from SE Arky
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

In my area southeast Arkansas and all the areas around my area, MS, LA, TN, TX, and others, the Mimosa Tree is considered a messy, invasive pest. They are 'drippy' and their flowers become sticky, stinky and unsightly. I had no idea there was any use for them until I read the plant file reviews, I'm amazed they are appreciated anyplace.


On Jun 30, 2006, Sheila965 from Rincon, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This tree is the most invasive nuisance ever. If there is one within 50 miles, you can bet you're going to have seedlings in your yard. They sprout EVERYWHERE.

The only cute thing I did notice the other day on my neighbor's tree was that the hummingbirds enjoy it. I've got all sorts of beautiful flowers that "supposedly" hummingbirds love...they head for the Mimosa.


On Jun 21, 2006, johnjean from Hamilton, OH wrote:

June 21/2006,I have growed these beautiful Mimosa tree's for years. I live in Hamilton, Ohio. It will do what you make it do. Mine are over 20 years old, they have been cut to the ground at least three times, I even tryed twisting the new shoots that came up. They were very pretty!! but the bark did not like it, so I cut them back to the ground in about three years.They are now about 7 to 10 ft. The butterfly's and Hummingbird's love them,but if you do not like the flowers or seedlings,clip them off, it does not hurt them. (well it does not hurt mine). I keep mine like an umbrella, so soom times I clip the flower buds. mine have never been invasive.


On Jun 19, 2006, croclover from Lake Forest, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I live in Lake Forest, CA, and the city planted a few dozen along one of the main roads just a year or two ago and they're thriving, in bloom right now and breathtaking! I just bought my very first home, and I have always said I would plant an albizia in the front yard, so I just bought a five gallon baby! Can't wait to chop and grind out my diseased apricot tree and watch this little lovely grow! Sure, it will be a mess, but nature tends to be a bit messy, so I don't mind! It can't be any worse than pulling up the hundreds of suckers that come up from my apricot tree all over the lawn each week!


On Jun 7, 2006, arroblake9212 from Jasper, AL wrote:

This tree here in Jasper Alabama is a very unwanted tree..BUT i don't have them in my yard..so on that note it does not bother me!..although i have one on the side of my driveway and yes it does have seedlings everywhere..this tree is 40-50 ft tall (yes!! it is the biggest i have ever seen!)


On Jun 6, 2006, ASSISI from Riverside, RI wrote:

I live in Rhode Island and I started 4 silk trees from seed 3 years ago. They are now 3 ft. tall and I wonder when they will be ready to plant outside. This is an enjoyable plant to watch grow. They drop there branches often and readily return--only taller.


On Jun 3, 2006, casper1310 from Lula, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love my Mimosa Tree!!! I live in ga. where they pop up everywhere,As a kid growing up there was one on an empty
lot beside our house and I always loved to play around and under it and the flowers oh how I loved the flowers.I called it my feather tree. It lived there for about 20 years until someone bought the land and cut it down and it never came back after that.I tried for years to pull one up and replant it but they didn't live.so about a year ago I was out back at work and found thousands on the bank and after a good rain
I managed to pull a small 1ft one up and took it home and planted it in my front yard and watered it every other day
and this year it is about 4ft tall. I don't care if they are messy,It'll just give me something to do when it flowers and they s... read more


On May 18, 2006, Equilibrium wrote:

Hideously invasive yet intoxicatingly beautiful tree. Perhaps this is why this species has become so predominant in our yards as well as in natural areas where it is appearing as it repeatedly escapes cultivation.


On May 14, 2006, coldcountry from Redwater, AB (Zone 5a) wrote:

I am trying to grow my Mimosa indoors over the winter months but it doesn't seem to get any bigger. if it starts to grow, can it be kept indoors.


On May 8, 2006, ncgardenaddict from Kannapolis, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I am confused why this plant is in the 'top ten' list... It is highly invasive and should be in the top ten thug list..


On Apr 26, 2006, zzazzq from Madison, MS wrote:

Beautiful tree, carefree, kind of has that "old southern" look to it. Has local reputation for its roots getting into pipes, and spreads very aggresively by seed.....have to pull up seedlings all the time, and I don't even have one of these trees in my yard.


On Mar 23, 2006, gooley from Hawthorne, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Yes, it's pretty. I'll take people's word that it attracts hummingbirds. It's officially a noxious weed in Florida, too. It's very hard to get rid of. I'm forever finding volunteer ones on my land (it loves disturbed sites such as former cropland.). I will gladly show any visitor several large fields near me, notably one along State Road 326 north of Ocala, that are covered with the blasted trees. I have sprayed small ones with Roundup, wet the leaves completely -- and it's a crapshoot whether this will kill them; sometimes it does, sometimes a new sucker comes up if the roots haven't quite been poisoned. These trees are unusual for legumes in that they don't host symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria -- but somehow they seem to thrive in truly miserable soil without them. They are n... read more


On Feb 16, 2006, thestopnshop from Rockaway Beach, MO wrote:

I'm a native in southern Missouri and I feel very fortunate that Mimosa's grow wild here. We live in a wooded area and there is nothing more beautiful than a Mimosa amoungst the cedar tree's. Since they grow wild here, I found 3 young tree's, all around 3 feet each. I braided them and planted as 1 tree. Well it has been 4 years now and we are tickled pink when we witness people stopping in their cars to admire our natural 25 foot umbrella......especially when in bloom.

I recommend to anyone who wants to try this themselves to make sure that you have the room. This threesome will get wide as tall. But I guarantee that you will have something quite spectacular as it is beautiful :-)

Thank You,
Pamela Ehlers


On Jan 1, 2006, dragonvirus from Maryville, TN wrote:

ok, so i spent time worrying about how to get rid of this plant (grows invasively) and have discovered wonderful uses for it.

1) carving/walking sticks
2) firewood.


On Dec 20, 2005, Louannie wrote:

Not worth the seedlings everywhere, which are impossible to pull up pretty soon after sprouting, and only grow back seventeen (well, slight exaggeration) more sprouts if you cut them.

Treating the stub with Roundup immediately after cutting seems to work.

Please be considerate of your neighbors if you plant one of these, as your seedlings could get into their flower and shrub borders if planted too close.


On Dec 17, 2005, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

All I can say is...This is one of the most beautiful Trees I've ever seen.


On Dec 11, 2005, CastIronPlant22 from Lompoc, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Although i do love this tree, i hate the mess, I had a large one at my other place and one of the windy days, it blew over and was a mess, it was also up -rooted from the wind. The roots seem to be too shallow. Its very pretty, but be careful when planting, stake it good and i mean good and deep. It was a shame to loose that big of tree. It was about 20 feet tall with a nice weeping canopy.


On Oct 25, 2005, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

This is a perfect small desert-hardy tree. It's leaves close in adverse weather and can bloom all summer when happy. I met a woman who grew seedlings in pots, planted them in the spring, watched them do little during the first summer, only to see them die to the ground but send up 5-7' canes the following spring. At the end of the third year, she had mature flowering trees! She did not seem to have problems with seedlings taking over -exept where she encouraged it!

I can think of no small tree that casts a finer shimmering shade.


On Sep 7, 2005, mikekilhoffer from Chatham, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

We have a 6 year old mimosa tree in my brother's yard, one street over from my own. He bought the property with the tree already established. When I was looking at his new property, being a gardener myself, I was curious as to his deceidedly oriental, or at least tropical looking tree. I looked it up on the web and found it to be a mimosa tree. As far as I know from looking it up it should not be able to survive in a Zone 5b area. Yet this tree is 30' tall and healthy as can be. I am starting some seedlings in 10" pots to transplant next spring. The peachy aroma is wonderful, and the hummingbirds are beautiful. His tree only throws out suckers in our cooler climate in late spring... hardly invasive in this zone. There are some seedlings that try to develop, but winter will kill th... read more


On Aug 30, 2005, leaflady from Hughesville, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

My husband's mother planted our old one over 50 years ago and it is still doing well. However I never had any volunteers until about 2 years ago when I got some seeds apparently in some bags of leaves we get from a nearby town each fall. Now we have little volunteers all over the place! I have allowed a few to grow and they are doing well. We do not notice any fragrance and do not find they attract hummingbirds or anything else for that matter.

We love ours. It grows out in the middle of the yard and has never frozen back or had any wind damage from the hard winds and tornadoes that so frequently hit our area. I would not rate their wood as soft for that reason.


On Aug 20, 2005, SudieGoodman from Broaddus, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Thanks folks for good information. I live in Zone 8b near Lake Sam Rayburn in Southeast, Texas. In Spring I enjoy fragrance as I walk along country road. One has appeared in my front yard! I'm thrilled! It's about 2 feet tall, but in a bad location.

Hope to dig up and move to better place this Fall of 2005.


On Aug 20, 2005, GFT from Biloxi, MS wrote:

Few people in the deep south bother to plant Mimosa for the simple fact that it so often volunteers of its own accord. The tree grows wild in subtropical areas, and it is often found in empty lots, on the side of the road, and so forth. If you want to place one in your yard, simply dig one up and transplant it--or more simply still cut off a branch, apply rooting hormones, and stick it in the ground. Very often, although not always, it will quickly establish itself.

Mimosa can grow up to forty feet but I find it more typically runs to a maximum of twenty feet. It has a comparatively small trunk and a remarkably wide branch spread. The feather-like leaves are extremely attractive and the pink flowers, which look rather like powderpuffs, are striking and have memorable pe... read more


On Jun 23, 2005, cfer317 from Hazel Park, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grew up in Alabama and my Aunt had 2 of these trees. I remember the humming birds that it attracted. I now live in the Metro Detroit area,(on the north side). We brought back a couple of small mimosa's from our last trip down to AL. I didn't think they could survive here, but since then I noticed that there is one growing in Ferndale, Michigan. It is a good size tree. I watched it during the winter and it is now blooming. I can't wait for mine to get bigger! This is going to be a real treat for me, and I know that it will attract a lot of attention from those who have never seen one!


On Jun 8, 2005, RRRupert123 from Solon, IA wrote:

We live a valley in Iowa (zone 5a) and it seems like we aren't as cold as other places here. We have been to Arkansas and South Carolina and they have them (Albizia julibrissin trees) there. When I first saw one, I said that I had to have it, but i didn't have time to dig it up. I've heard of people having it in zone 5b.


On Jun 8, 2005, kelleyderr from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

We planted a baby Mimosa (24" box) last summer. It immediately dropped all of its leaves. We left it in the ground, watered it, and checked to make sure trunk was still green and it made it through the winter. We were excited this spring to see small buds, but those have browned and fallen off. Trunk (and most branches) are still green when scratched. It is a single-trunk with a high head, which I hear is unusual.


On May 20, 2005, shirleyt from Pearl River, LA wrote:

I find that the long blooming beauty of the mimosa tree far out weighs any negatives in clean up. I have three 15 year old 25ft trees that just appeared in my garden. Two of them positioned themselves to make a perfect archway into a" room" area of my garden... I have throughly enjoyed them and marvel at there long blooming time....The other tree draped itself over a less than perfect outdoor shed adding beauty to that area of my three acre garden as well...... I have much more problems with the beautiful gigantic magnolia trees. Talk about mess.... I always say "If you knew what I knew" you would enjoy this tree in someones elses yard.....To each his own. I find that messiness goes along with the gardening and if you can't handle that part of it , you won't get much enjoyment out of... read more


On May 19, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I am creating a mimosa grove in my hummingbird garden with trees provided to me by friends. I got about 10 of the trees last year from a friend that raises cockatiel birds. The Albizia julibrissin had sprung up near her outdoor cockatiel cages and she wanted them removed because (she says) the seeds are poisonous to her birds.

I transplanted all these trees of various sizes from 2 ft to 6 ft bare-root with no problem. This year, as leaves began to emerge, I cut off the limbs about 1/3 from the tip to encourage more branching (the trees tend to grow only one or two long, pendulous branches otherwise and may be the cause of reports above of branches snapping from too much weight). I stuck the pruned branch tips into the ground around the trees and many of the b... read more

Update on June 8, 2006

Most of the mimosas I transplanted survived. Once established, they are fast growers. The first mimosa I planted about 3 years ago is now about 20 ft high and spreads out with a canopy of about 20 ft. It is blooming profusely this year -- the first year it has really been in full bloom.



On May 18, 2005, jnana from South Florida, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

This tree should not be planted in Florida. It is considered a category 1 invasive by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council.


On May 7, 2005, nick89 from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Mimosas are very invasive and often overrun abandoned fields. However the flowers are attractive and the trees provide a tropical look. Their growth habit is nice with really old specimens vaguely reminiscent of live oaks with the wide spreading branches. Seems to reach its largest size on river bottomlands. Mimosa is a bad choice to plant because of its tendency to self sow prolifically and mimosa wilt which is incurable and eventually kills the tree.


On Nov 18, 2004, MisongLi from Palmdale, CA wrote:

I bought my first home in the high desert, Palmdale, California, about 50 miles north of Los Angeles. There are four Mimosa trees in my front yard which I was told are 14 years old. These are definitely high action/drama trees! They are so large, however, I have been contemplating having them pruned as they just about obstruct the view of my two-story home.

I moved in in February, the dried "seed pod" stage. It is ALWAYS windy here, 40-50 mph at times, but those pods hung on tight and provided a wonderful rustling sound I'm looking forward to hearing again soon. These trees are never just boring, bald branches even in winter (well, except for my neighbor's, whose has truly died).

The flowers of four Mimosas were gorgeous in the summer. We even had a ... read more


On Oct 31, 2004, keithstewart from Dry Prong, LA wrote:

I have many, many of these planted along the highway and road to my house. They are beautiful!

Last year, me n the new wife threw a shovel in the truck and dug up several more from along the roadside near here. We planted them and they too are growing nicely. I have seeds soaking now to plant this week in places I want to fill in along the hwy in front of our house.

I also planted several next door at my moma's house when I built it...we have a beautiful mimosa tree-lined road now!

They form a shady canopy along the drives and all bloom a beautiful pink thru the summer. Each of them have bird feeders and humming bird feeders hanging from them.

I collect sacks of seed pods to give my friends who also want them.

Kids... read more


On Oct 12, 2004, california from Rochester, MI wrote:

I love this tree, my parent's have one in their backyard in carmichael california, but now that I live in Rochester Hill's michigan, I would to find out if I could grow one here, maybe dave knows. California


On Sep 13, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I wish this plant wasn't invasive in Florida and was native to the state because I really like the flowers of this tree. I think it looks really nice, even though it is on the EPPC Plant List One and is listed as invasive. *SIGH*


On Sep 13, 2004, vs71099 from Osage City, KS (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have three mimosas going one is in to much shade but the other two are gorgeous..... I've never noticed "baby" mimosa's and recently created a hosta bed under my largest tree. I'm hoping some "babies" will start popping up I'd love to have more.

It's unfortunate that this beautiful tree is so invasive in some areas..... maybe my zone 5 weather keeps it at bay - Lucky me..... I get the best of both that way......


On Aug 29, 2004, bisty111 from Santa Rosa, CA wrote:

I love the beauty of the this tree. My 30'+ tree is spectacular when it's blooming. The mess afterwards is spectacular as well. The flowers do stick to cars if they are not heavily waxed and they are difficult to get out of my rock garden, even with a pretty powerful blower. The flowers break up and are all over the place - tracked in the house and cars, all over the roof and jammed in the gutters. We have to sweep the roof before winter. In fact, we have to sweep 2 to 3 times a week to keep the driveway clean. Yesterday a good sized branch broke off and just missed my Miata, grazed the front but no damage. I have no trouble at all with seedlings or insects. Although this tree can be a pain, to sit in the window in the morning with my coffee and watch the hummingbirds, bees and butterflys ... read more


On Aug 19, 2004, umpy from Harrison, AR wrote:

This is the most beautiful tree in the world. When I was growing up, everyone wanted one.

It has great qualities, is very exotic, easy to climb when large, beautiful flowers, lovely scent, attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and lovely little old ladies adore it.

It is the BEST. I can't even believe there is this much negativity.

My neighbors keep killing my seedlings in MY yard... I have never been able to get one past 7 feet and have grown that that high only to be cut down... in MY fenced yard.

I cry every time and have warned them. They also come over and chop the bottoms of my ivy and fox grape vines on my fence. My back fence used to be covered with these lovely vines , but they don't like them so they clip them then I have... read more


On Aug 13, 2004, sugarweed from Okeechobee, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

As best I can remember that is similar in description to a mesquite tree. As I have a mimosa, I can tell you the sprouts are many, but easy to pull. Incidentally, mesquite was not a preferred cooking wood, but often the only wood available to cook with.


On Aug 13, 2004, KactusKathi from Goodyear, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

I spray my yard twice a year to stop the volunteers from growing. The spray does not allow seeds to germinate! I suggest you try it in your mimosa area.


On Aug 13, 2004, marra from Hinesville, GA wrote:

OMG!! I hate the mimosa tree... I have one in my backyard when I moved into this house about 6 months ago... man, my whole back yard is covered with them now! I guess down here in Southeast Georgia they grow rampant. Who knew?

I want to get rid of them, it seems like I have about 40 little trees growing now, and I just don't have the energy to remove them. *sigh* Did I mention I hate the Mimosa tree?


On Aug 8, 2004, Lymabean from Gloucester, VA wrote:

I live in Virginia, where the Mimosa tree is found all over. I moved and had to clear land so I needed to plant a mimosa tree.


On Aug 4, 2004, broozersnooze from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

We had one in our front yard when I was a child. I loved picking the seed pods off & pretending they were vegetables.

The blooms were so delicate & dainty, tickling my nose when I sought to enjoy their fragrance. The blossoms, to me, smell like peaches.


On Aug 4, 2004, sdtfhdghjdgyjdg from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

I just saw this tree for the 1st time tonight & looked it up on the internet...that's how I came to this site. Just wanted to say that I saw it growing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is spectacular looking and 15 feet tall.

People made comments about its thin "weak" trunk. As I was surfing the net, I found another tree: Kalkora Mimosa (Albizia kalkora) which looks very similar to the Albizia julibrissin, but it has a thick trunk & oak-like rough bark. Just a suggestion for someone who would want a stronger looking tree.

Editor's Note: Information on Albizia kalkora can be found here: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/177114/


On Aug 3, 2004, mollysmom from Altoona, PA wrote:

I have a Mimosa tree in my yard, I live in central Pennsylvania, where we get pretty severe winters. I was told they don't do well in our area but I've had mine 15 years or more. I started it from a seedling I got from someone. It took several tries before I got one to take.

I'm trying to start several more, One to take the place of mine when it dies(I'm told they only last about 20years) and several to give to people who request starters. I've had many positive comments on this tree. The flowers and the fragrance. The blossoms can be a nuisance on the sidewalk. The next one I will plant a place away from sidewalks or driveways.


On Jul 29, 2004, shortcm from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7b) wrote:

The only hummingbird I've ever seen in my almost 50 years was while sitting on the throne on the second floor of our three story city home. We'd inherited a beautiful Mimosa tree which grew taller than the second story, in a very narrow side yard (


On Jul 28, 2004, babyAiden from Columbia, MO wrote:

My next door neighbors have a mature Mimosa (probably 20 feet tall with a 30+ foot spread) just inside their property line. Unfortunately 3/4 of the tree leans over OUR driveway and past that to our front lawn. It has gotten to the point this summer that we cannot even park in our own driveway because the tree drops so many flowers. They stick like glue to the paint of our cars and are nearly impossible to wash off - they won't even fly off at 70 mph! DO NOT plant these trees anywhere near your driveway. We find old flowers under the hood and in the trunk of our cars, they get everywhere! They are killing our roses on the completely opposite side of the driveway, not from lack of sun but because the flowers drop off the tree and die on the rose foliage, killing the foliage. I try to pick t... read more


On Jul 26, 2004, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

I'm sitting here typing and out the windows the hummers are getting their last meal of the day. Our 25 foot tall Mimosa is loaded, both with blossoms and newly forming seed pods.

Nothing growing in the North is prettier than sunset backlighting these hundreds of blooms. We get a ground die-back about every 5 years so we have a multi-stemmed trunk. After each die-back the tree comes back stronger than ever.


On Jul 23, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have to trim mine a lot, branches get heavy and want to bend to ground. Worth all its trouble and mess!!!


On Jul 19, 2004, turnberry from Grass Valley, CA wrote:

I put neutral here because I have become resigned to the fearful mess my tree makes. It was planted in a patio area by people, us, who knew no better at the time. As a tiny seedling 25 years ago, it had been decapitated once by a horse and once by a child stacking wood. It has taken its revenge for these indignities by growing to massive proportions, cracking the patio in several places, and delivering tons of seasonal debris and billions of progeny. On the positive side, it and two of its children, located more auspiciously on the property, smell divine and are beloved of hummers and sphinx (I believe) moths. The shade is lovely and raking the debris to feed to the pygmy goats is healthy exercise. How's that for pragmatism.


On Jul 7, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I can't bear to give this plant a negative rating even though it's weedy and invasive here in West Kentucky. Mature specemins are quite lovely. Smaller ones pop up along roadsides, fence rows and fields.

Another negative is that my hay fever arrives as this plant blooms and my eyes will get scratchy and 'crummy' if I'm around one very long.

I have fond memories of playing beneath my Aunt Irma's gigantic one (50 feet) We took the little blooms and made ballerina skirts for paper dolls.


On Jul 1, 2004, chicochi3 from Fayetteville, AR (Zone 6b) wrote:

Here in Arkansas this plant is a pest. But I give it a positive. Just keep one or two in a place where you want them, and they're probably the most beautiful tree in the yard. The flowers are beautiful and have a wonderful scent. Butterflies and hummingbirds love the flowers. If they happen to take hold in your chain link fence, though, they're really hard to get rid of. The seedlings are all over the place and left to their own device, they become trees. If they're in the lawn, mow the rascals down. If they're in your flower bed, dig them up like a weed. As beautiful as this tree is, a little sure goes a long way.


On Jun 28, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have one of these silk trees outside the kitchen window and it has grown to a large 8.5m. The tree has been attacked by borers and is rotting. Although the tree is rotting it is one of the most beautiful trees I have ever set eyes on. It's soft pink pom pom like blooms will make you drool with envy if you do not have on so go out and buy one as they are reasonably cheap. Definetly in Australia. Grow them only if they are not a weed in your area!!! I get plenty of volenteer seedlings and I usually pot them up and the ones I don't simply die because of the shade the tree gives. They are exteremly drought tolerant. A great one to try in Australia. pokerboy.


On Jun 11, 2004, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I love this tree. To me it is so elegant and whispy just really a pretty tree to have around. I especially like the fact that you can plant anything under it and have nice filtered sunlight...
The only problem I have seen with it in this area is the limbs are cut off by the Girdling Beetle. So you have to keep it sprayed for them, otherwise it has been care free... :o)


On May 19, 2004, misspatrice from Tifton, GA wrote:

Mimosas or "silk tree" (never heard that one) are very common here in South Georgia. I love my mimosa which is planted next to my driveway. It is the most beautiful tree in the neighborhood. I agree with other commentors that it attracts all types of birds and nectar-collecting insects. In January of 1986, this tree was a sucker from a wild tree growing on an imbankment next to the interstate. It was 18" tall with only one thin stalk. I cut the runner root with a shovel, dug a crude hole at the direction of my 5 year old daughter and within 5 years, the tree was large, blooming and wonderful.

The only negative for me is the flowers fall profusely and if you cannot sweep them off the driveway before it rains, they become a slippery, brown, mucky mat. This probably woul... read more


On Apr 28, 2004, purefreedoms from Brockton, MA wrote:

I live in southeastern Massachusetts where I bought my first house 10 years ago. Guess what the very first tree I planted was? Albizia julibrissin 'Rosea', of course--it is my absolute favorite tree. I have 7 now and it will be interesting to see how they fared after this year's brutally cold winter. I find these trees exotically beautiful, easy as pie to grow and even easier to propagate.

I find that the best place to showcase the splendor and grace of this beauty is to plant in an open sunny location in average soil where they can be allowed to grow outward in all directions. Then you get that fantastic umbrella shape. I wait til spring to clean up fallen debris, by then the tiny leaves have composted into soil and just the little twigs are left to rake.Plant can... read more


On Mar 19, 2004, dlnorton from Riverside, CA wrote:

My folks and I live in Riverside, CA.

About 30 years ago, my folks bought a place with a couple mimosa trees in the front yard. Nice big canopies. Then my dad cut them down. They would have probably been dead by now if he hadn't. BUT..he's been kicking himself ever since for cutting them down. In the last 10 years...he's put in a jacaranda, which seems to have taken off quite well.

In my neck of the city, I see mimosas here and there. There's a house around the corner with a nice big mimosa growing in the front yard. Since I'm a bonsai enthusiast, I'd love to get my mitts on one..!!

They are prone to die-back and look very ugly when dead.


On Jan 3, 2004, Halfspied from Star, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

A weedy non-native. There's one across the street from our private road. Thus we have to make regular maintenance runs to get rid of the volunteers. They're tough to pull up, and mowing doesn't discourage them much. They also sprout in our woods. Some people call them Formosas. I wish people wouldn't let them grow. There are lots of alternatives to attract butterflies.


On Jan 2, 2004, clarkie wrote:

Just another non-native species that does not belong here. I spend a lot of time every year digging then up by the hundreds. They are nasty.


On Dec 22, 2003, faries50 from magnolia, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the most beautiful trees ever. It's a fast grower here in the south west. I just love it. I look at it all the time when out side. Very tropical looking. It protects my philodendrons my other favorite. Everyone should have one. Easy to start from seed. I've got seed.


On Jul 26, 2003, lewsadk from Paris, IL wrote:

I have one in Paris, IL and there are many more in this area. I purchased mine on Ebay from a grower in SC and have had great results this year. It was dormant for about a month after arrival, but has now taken off! There are other mimosas in my area that are over 10' tall, so these do grow in our zone.


On Jul 25, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

Despite it's invasiveness--this exotic tree grows all along the highways in Northcentral Florida--I have super fond memories of this tree from my childhood in Gulfport, Mississippi. There was a huge specimen just down the street in the side yard of a retired President of a nearby girl's "Junior College," and as a child I remember afternoon tea parties this woman held for the neighborhood girls, with tea, lemonaid and cookies attractively spread out, and all of us sitting on colorful cushions on old white lawn furniture on a small patio under this gigantic mimosa tree. It's delicate, lacy shade was very welcome in the pre-airconditioned South of the 1950's. This tree took up most of the South facing side yard of her house, delicately shading the house all summer. It must have been 40 to... read more


On Jul 9, 2003, Larkie from Camilla, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Another pesky, yet very beautiful noxious weed that we grow so well here in south Georgia..I'm guilty!..I have several that I have left around the yard, one is over 40 years old and has a huge spread( my MIL, planted it.)..Every year, I threaten to get rid of it, but just cannot do it. The blooms are so gorgeous..The seedlings each year will make you talk real ugly..LOL..


On Jul 8, 2003, gonedutch from Fairport, NY wrote:

My Mimosa is a door yard feature. It was planted on the south side of the house against a heated foundation wall or it would not survive our zone 5-6 winter temperatures.

To retain a diminutive size I pruned it back hard last fall. After a severe winter I was afraid that I might have killed it by pruning it too far back but in late May it bagan to show life. Today, six weeks later the new growth is 6-7 feet! And the new tree now has precisely the shape and height that I wanted.

There is still no evidence of flower buds but I am confident that they will soon arrive. The tree has always produced prolific flowering. I never felt a need for fertilizers or addional waterering.

The flower scent reminds me of exotic nutmeg which perfums the whole door... read more


On Jul 2, 2003, riverlady wrote:

I have two 8 year old Mimosa trees in my front yard and I love them. I have also had people admire the trees and ask for seedlings. I live in southwest Ohio along the Ohio River and do have a problem with hundreds of seedlings. I have started several trees for my friends. You can start them either from seed or from seedlings that have sprouted. If you start them from seed, the seed should be soaked in water for 24 hours then nicked on one end before planting. If you start them from sprouted seedlings, just pull them straight up from the ground they were started in and put them in a pot with potting soil. Keep them watered so that the soil is moist but not wet. I put mine in the shade until they are about a foot tall. The seedlings you select should not be very big (2-4 inches). Th... read more


On Jul 2, 2003, griffeyj wrote:

The mimosa grows wild all over Alabama. It can been seen routinely on highway right-a-ways. I planted seedlings in my backyard 12 years ago. They now reach up to 30ft in the air and provide exceptionally good shade. However, recently three of my 8-10 memosas suddenly lost thier leaves just as they bloomed. They have developed black (solid)spots of rather large demensions at various locations on the main trunk bark. Have I been lucky to get 12 years out of them? I may try trimming them back (in the fall when it is dry)to see if they will revive. They do make a mess in my yard, when the blooms and beans fall.


On Jul 1, 2003, tonyah wrote:

I just went to Branson and this tree was all over Missouri. The farthest north I noticed it was just on the west side of St. Louis along the I-44. I first noticed it at the Sheperd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. I commented on how pretty it was to my family. Not being a tree lover or any kind of gardener, my husband thought I was ridiculous when I insisted that he pull over so that I could break off a piece of the branch with flower and leaves to find out what kind of tree it is. A local told me the name.

None of the nurseries here in Peoria, IL carry the tree. They say it isn't hardy up here. I say that our winters cannot be much worse than St. Louis or Branson's. It was just as warm and humid there when I was visiting as it is here now. I'm just in love with this t... read more


On Jun 26, 2003, Greenknee from Chantilly, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

All of the color cultivars of Albizia grow in this area, and reseed freely, many appearing alongside highways - easily seen when in bloom with the various shades of light pink to red. Attractive to hummingbirds. They are, however susceptible to wilt and therefore often very shortlived, though my father had a mature tree probably over 50 years old on the farm where I grew up in Prince Georges Co, Maryland (U.S.) We eagerly watched each year for the hummingbirds to return to it.


On Jun 26, 2003, GloryRaptor from Rocklin, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

My parents have some of these trees. They are nearly impossible to kill and grow like crazy. On the bright side, we cut one of them back right to its trunk and it didn't phase it a bit. It had a full size canopy the next spring. You'll want to watch out for those suckers, though. If you want a new sapling you'll have one asap. To give you an idea, there were a couple of suckers in the yard of my parents house that got away from my mother for a couple of seasons when she was dealing with cancer. Because they were already so large when she got back out to work with them, and because they had sprung up right where we had removed another tree, she decided to let them volunteer for the spot the old tree had left vacant. It's been around four years and they are now full fledged trees, wi... read more


On Jun 24, 2003, daylilies wrote:

We have always admired the mimosa during our trips to the coast, but short of digging up a seedling, we have had no luck in finding a nursery in this area that stocks them.


On Jun 24, 2003, dragoozootoo from Portland, OR wrote:

As the centerpiece of my front yard, I often have people double-park in the street to comment on my BEAUTIFUL silk tree. My tree was planted in the summer of 1996 from a one gallon bucket and now is the "umbrella tree" that allows our neighbors and friends to enjoy a cool drink, shade, enchanting aroma and each others company all summer long! I have over 20 seedlings sprouting in my lower garden!!!


On Jun 1, 2003, Petsitterbarb from Claremore, OK wrote:

Ahhhh...Mimosas! Just the sight of one, or the delicious fragrance, takes me back immediately to the late 40's and the 50's, when EVERYONE had at least one Mimosa in their yard! They do great here in hot/dry Oklahoma, and you see 'em growing wild sometimes. I love the fern type leaves and the little pink puffy blossoms are simply devine to the eye and to the nose. They don't live long though, and tend to split, like Bradford Pear trees do, so I have to rate them "neutral" for that problem.


On May 31, 2003, gaysunboy from Seattle, WA wrote:

Also known as Silk Tree, Mimosa is fast growing, deciduous, but short lived (10 - 20 years) and the ferny compound leaves are huge (12 to 18 inches). Its natural range is from Iran to Japan in dry mountain woodlands. It leafs out late (often as late as July) and sheds early. The small leaflets disappear into the grass or flower beds.

It loves heat and dry summers. Be sure site is well drained. Drought tolerant, the wood is weak and brittle, developing 'V' rather than 'U' crotches, if over watered.

Fusarium wilt can be quite a problem and is fatal. It can spread to adjacent Mimosa trees by root contact. Do not prune during wet season. Alway sterilize pruning tools. Make clean, water shedding cuts and treat with broad spectrum fungicide. NEVER USE A PRU... read more


On May 30, 2003, kzbgarden wrote:

The Mimosa is very susceptible to a vascular wilt disease. I've read that the cultivar 'Charlotte' is resistant, although I haven't been able to locate this cultivar yet.


On May 30, 2003, BJT wrote:

My Mimosa tree grew very tall and was beautiful. It bloomed beautifully for several years. This year my tree turned green and died. The green bark peels off.


On May 22, 2003, Ravensmom wrote:

My grandmother always had a Mimosa in her back yard in Louisville KY. She never had any trouble with the 40ft tree. Occasionally there would be volunteers to pull up or cut down. The farther north you are, the less trouble with volunteers there is. Fewer seeds survive the colder winters and therefore fewer sprout ;)
I can see where they could be a problem if you had hundreds of them. However I would do the extra work just to have one of these wonderful trees. In fact, I'm just now starting my own from seed. Wish me luck!


On Mar 23, 2003, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

They are messy, dropping flowers and dried pods for months, but they are attractive in bloom and form and the flowers smell good.

As far as I know, they are not invasive in southern California. "Mimosa" is the common name I hear used here.

They are prone to heart rot. Our tree had been severely cut back by previous owners and is now completely rotted out in the center. Otherwise, the tree is healthy and holds up fine to our annual 50+ mph wind gusts.

Update on June 25, 2003

The tree held up to 50+ mph wind gusts, but last night, in the dead calm, one of the trunks broke off.


On Mar 23, 2003, lgsherk from Vandiver, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

In Alabama the mimosa is considered an invasive alien and a pest!
Linda in Alabama


On Mar 22, 2003, Aprill72 wrote:

I love this "Dr. Seuss" like tree! The things grow wild all over Georgia and I love driving in the summer trying to spot them along the highway. Five summers ago my husband and I found two wild trees and planted them in the yard of our house being built. They have grown almost 8 feet tall despite our Labrador (dog) chewing the largest off about a foot from the ground the first year. They continue to thrive despite our cutting back the long arching limbs each year, but they never get pink flowers. They are still beautiful but I keep hoping for the Dr. Seuss flowers each year. Miracle grow, tree food and scolding aren't getting me flowers.


On Oct 30, 2002, momarsha wrote:

I transplanted a volunteer seedling about 12 years ago at my home in Missouri. We are zone 5 where mimosa can suffer and die back, but mine did very well on the East side of my home, nearby the driveway. I love the tree which grew quickly, bloomed in only a few years and which blooms nearly 2 months each summer. Both the hummingbirds and swallowtail butterflies flock to it and the scent is wonderful.

However, I would never recommend it nearby ones home. The seeds actually accumulate in the tracks of my sliding door. The volunteers come up in every flower bed and the cracks of the sidewalks by the hundreds, and each must be cut down repeatedly if not uprooted.

It is a gorgeous parent tree. I prune it both spring and fall to keep it in bounds, though I have... read more


On Sep 19, 2002, ccallen wrote:

I obtained a silk tree from a nursery. The tree had been trained to have a long trunk (about 5 feet) with branches at the top. This spring as the leaves started to grow, the weight caused the trunk to bend (the tree was upside down after a rainy, windy night).

I tied a 2x4 to the trunk to keep it straight, at about 5 different spots. I didn't have to dig a hole or anything (and disturb the roots), I just cut the board to just fit between the roots and the first branches. This is something they didn't warn me at the nursery, a skinny trunk and huge growth at the top!

Its a beautiful tree. At the end of this summer the branches have grown enough to create a nice canopy. Next year I expect it to really bush out.


On Aug 18, 2002, dragonlady0747 from Troisdorf
Germany wrote:

This is the most wonderful tree in my garden. I got three little seedlings in '92 and planted them together. I seem to be the only person who grows it here in Germany. It is hardy in winter time and if it grows too big I can cut it and it still will grow nicely. People stop by attracted by its beauty and fragrance and ask for cuttings and seedlings. I tried that myself but never got a positive result. Though there are many seed pots and I put them out at different times it never worked out.


On Aug 1, 2002, woodspirit1 from Lake Toxaway, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love this tree. Here in the mountains of North Carolina (U.S.), it blooms for such a long time, 6 weeks to 2 months. Yes the hummingbirds do love it.

The reason it is short-lived is because it contracts a fungus that is deadly. Mimosa is not native, I think it comes from Japan and this fungus does not exist there so it has no immunity.

There used to be a wide road in Savannah called Habersham (or perhaps Abercormbe) that had a wide median. It had 2 rows of Mimosa all the way down it for many blocks. It was a glorious sight; the trees arched out over the pavement so it was a cool, pink tunnel when in bloom. Then all of a sudden, one year, they ALL died! But that impression is still burned in my brain.


On Aug 1, 2002, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Butterflies simply LOVE these blooms! When mine bloom, you can see butterflies all over the blooms ~ quite a sight for "flying flower" fans. It's an especially nice sight when there's a light wind blowing and the canopy moves like a pink and green sea with the butterflies riding the waves.

I think the "weed tree" status of this tree is very undeserved. I don't find my two 30+ year old trees to be weak-wooded. The hackberries and pecans drop MANY more limbs than the mimosas during our violent thunderstorms. Same for the supposed messiness ~ Mom parks her car under it and hasn't complained once. Of course this is dry Texas ~ by the time the blooms fall to the cars, they are light little puffballs that blow right off instead of being wet and sticking. The dryness here ma... read more


On Jul 22, 2002, Chili from Raleigh, NC wrote:

One of the weediest plants I know of. Seedlings come up by the millions. Rumored to live only 15 years but one of mine is over 20 with a 60' spread. Unrivaled in bloom, fuzzy pink fragrant flowers attract hummingbirds. Spent flowers and seed pods make huge mess, especially after rain. Flowers stick to cars like glue. Often becomes lopsided. Form is variable. As a legume, it fixes nitrogen from the atmosphere; plants below the tree seem to benefit from this. Not recommended for most landscape situations. I would not have mine if it weren't for its age and rare perfect multistem shape.


On Sep 3, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Often called "Mimosa", but don't mistake it for Acacia, which shares the same common name and family, but has white or yellow flowers.

Albizia julibrissin is, according to the books, a fast-growing, weak-wooded tree. The pink, feathery flowers appear in mid-summer, atop finely divided foliage that resembles the houseplant "Sensitive Plant" (Mimosa pudica, which is-- not surprisingly--a member of the same family.) Regular water will promote fast growth; if drought conditions are present, the tree may grow slowly and look yellowish.

The seed pods which form after blooming are messy; do not plant this tree near sidewalks or driveways (that's the voice of personal experience talking.)

On the positive side, having a tree that blooms... read more