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PlantFiles: Woman's Tongue, Siris Tree
Albizia lebbeck

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Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Albizia (al-BIZ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lebbeck (LEB-ek) (Info)

Synonym:Mimosa lebbeck
Synonym:Feuilleea lebbeck
Synonym:Acacia lebbeck
Synonym:Mimosa speciosa

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Trees

Height:
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Hardiness:
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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Profile:

2 positives
3 neutrals
5 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive siinew On May 16, 2013, siinew from San Antonio, TX wrote:

To all of you whining about this being an invasive species and saying things like "PEOPLE, EDUCATE YOURSELVES," I have this to say: "PEOPLE, EDUCATE YOURSELVES."
This is an AMAZING medicinal plant. The fact that it is invasive means there is that much more of it to use. It has been used in India for generations as a wound healer, among other things (the root), and here is a link to one of several studies on the subject, for those of you who love plants but are pretty much useless in regards to actual information of how we should be using them: [HYPERLINK@www.thieme-connect.de]

Neutral AKajunGurl On Mar 9, 2013, AKajunGurl from Church Point, LA wrote:

I was hopeful when I acquired these seeds they were of the Royal Poinsettia, but as it turns out it's this variety of a Mimosa on steroids. I felt fortunate in my ability to get so many to germinate having scoffed the seeds prior. I planted 8 of them last spring and was amazed at the growth in one growing season. Some a mere 8' and others upward of 14 feet. I am just now learning these are considered invasives. I live in South Louisiana and was looking for a tree that was fast growing (this one is) that would provide shade very quickly (I'm in my 50's) and wanted to be able to enjoy some while I was healthy and could still get about . These trees apparently will provide what I am looking for. My concern, will generations to come regret my decision? I did notice that Louisiana is not mentioned as a place where this variety grows.

Negative minpin3165 On Jan 2, 2012, minpin3165 from Port Charlotte, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I know folks like this tree cause its pretty, etc. BUT please folks I work for DEP eradicating exotic plants from our state and it is costly and deadly for animals and plants that belong here.
there are so many natives to use, educate yourself!!!!
go to your local University extension or go to local library most have a master gardener there once to twice a month. Go to Florida Natives website, lots of them out there.
Also plant for butterflies adn Monarachs too

Negative nativelyeager On Jan 2, 2012, nativelyeager from Brooksville, FL wrote:

Sorry about being NEGATIVE, but positive comments re Albizia lebbeck and other pest plants always bug me. Overcoming the prettiness of so many our pest plants is tricky, but knowing there are so many wonderful alternatives helps. Thankfully previous commenters already pointed this out, as well as A. lebbeck's Cat I FL EPPC listing. One other important thing.....You might want to acknowledge this tree has a high potential to get ahold of your property (or your neighbors' land or the conservation area nearby!) causing the need to get rid of it. Then you need to know that can be difficult -- annoying at the least -- because it is a big, strong legume, with a robust tap root and a resistence to commonly used herbicide. Best? Just don't plant A. lebbeck, please, and if there's one nearby, watch for its possible move to your property and pull that badboy. [btw If you are getting rid of a large one, the wood is beautiful, and highly prized by woodworkers. A. lebbeck, native to tropical southern Asia, is still used in some cultures for multiple medicinal purposes.]

Negative NativePlantFan9 On Mar 11, 2005, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Woman's Tongue or Siris Tree (Albizia lebbeck) is a Category One Invasive by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC). It is very invasive in many natural and disturbed areas in central and southern Florida, the Keys, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and many of the Pacific Islands (zones 9a through 11). It is listed by the PIER (Pacific Islands Ecosystems At Risk) project as a species that has the possibilty to do serious potential harm to native plant species and island ecosystems.

The small to medium, yellowish, numerous seedpods reseed everywhere and abundantly, and the seeds are dispersed by birds to areas where they sprout, quickly grow into a large tree (can grow up to 30 or 40 feet high and possibly more) and quickly crowd out native plant species. Other wildlife may also spread the seeds.

In central and southern Florida and the Keys (as well as throughout the Tropics) Woman's Tongue was once popular as an ornamental landscape or shade tree. However, it is less oftenly planted today because of it's invasiveness. In Florida, they have spread into natural areas ever since they were introduced as a landscape tree, probably somewhere in the late 1800s or in the 1900s. They invade many types of habitats, including areas already invaded by other exotic invasive species in central and southern Florida (e.g., Australian Pines, Brazilian Pepper, Boston Fern, Snake Plant, Carrotwood, Melaleuca, Castor Bean, Brazilian Jasmine, Arabian Jasmine, Madagascar Periwinkle, Queen Palm, Areca Palm, Senegal Date Palm, Old World Climbing Fern, etc.), disturbed sites such as vacant lots, canal banks and canal sides, pinelands, coastal habitats (near the ocean but not with direct salt exposure), keys, wetland edges (including on the outer edges of the Everglades and other wetlands and marshes), somewhat swampy sites, scrub habitats, and many other habitats. It appears similar to a locust tree or other related species in appearance (such as tamarinds). It spreads very easily and grows quickly. It thrives in zones 9a through 11 and survives temperatures as low as around 15 degrees.

It SHOULD NOT BE PLANTED IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN FLORIDA OR OTHER AREAS WHERE IT CAN BECOME INVASIVE!

Florida Distribution of Albizia lebbeck by county:
Brevard
Indian River
St. Lucie
Martin
Palm Beach
Broward
Miami-Dade
Monroe (mainland and the Keys)
Collier
Lee
Charlotte
Sarasota
Manatee
Hillsborough
Pinellas
Polk
Alachua

Negative TREEHUGR On Dec 21, 2004, TREEHUGR from Now in Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Easy to mistake this for a locust tree or a number of other species. There are a million and a half better alternatives for this area. Before I knew what it was I planted a seed in a cup and 2 days later there was a 3" seedling in the cup. Yikes! Can you say Little shop of horrors! Class I invasive fleepc dot org

Neutral Hardy_R On Jun 5, 2004, Hardy_R from Nassau
Bahamas wrote:

Also grows in the Bahamas.

Negative MotherNature4 On Jun 7, 2003, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a Category I invasive pest in central and south Florida according to the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. It has trashy seed pods that hang on the tree after flowering, and it reseeds everywhere.

Positive Monocromatico On May 24, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

The closest tree is 500 meters away from me, but when it blooms I can sense the sweet smell that comes from the flowers like it was planted right here next to my window.

Neutral FLSuncoast On Aug 22, 2002, FLSuncoast from Sarasota, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This tree is considered invasive here in Florida but the blooms are beautiful and this tree does provide a good amount of shade. Do not plant near anything the flowers can fall on as they are messy and can stain the paint on an automobile. Its roots are shallow and will destroy a walkway, driveway, etc. if planted too close. Wildlife love the seed pods.

Regional...

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

,
Grenoble,
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Sebring, Florida
San Antonio, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas



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