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Paraserianthes lophantha

Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Paraserianthes (par-uh-ser-ee-AN-theez) (Info)
Species: lophantha (low-FAN-tha) (Info)

Synonym:Albizia distachya
Synonym:Albizia lophantha

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral annabramwell On Mar 20, 2015, annabramwell from essaouira
Morocco wrote:

I garden near Essaouira, central Morocco. Limestone, rocky, desert, 1 kil from the sea, 165 metres up, a very windy site. Sheep and goat crop maquis vegetation to nothing. In ravines and cemeteries, native plants growing wild include retama (white flowered broom), Thuya, wild olive, argan tree, lentisc, teucrium, lavenders various. My young guardian 6 years ago planted a dozen seedlings round the house of a mystery tree. Told it was an invasive mimosa I killed most of them off but left those growing some distance from the house. Those that get run off water are now 2-3 metres, bushy, evergreen leafy, with a yellow bottle brush flower. I was thrilled to identify it from your web site, having failed with Australian and Canadian botanical gardens. The combination of a bottle brush flower and a mimosa leaf threw me. Non invasive, but some years throws a lot of seedlings which are easy to get out. Very sensitive to drought; plants not getting house water run off grow slowly and look ragged. Evergreen here - no leaf fall at all. I am not sure I would recommend it, as it is not particularly beautiful, and goes ragged in drought, but for a site like mine which is rocky desert and nothing grows it is useful. It was a real thrill identifying it, thank you Dave's Garden. And I wonder how it got to this part of Morocco. I haven't seen it elsewhere in Central Morocco, though a larger white flowered Albizia grows near Tangier.


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

Arroyo Grande, California
Hayward, California
Menlo Park, California
Spring Valley, California

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