Mimosa Silk Tree - Mimosa
Albizia julibrissin - Durazzini
Fabaceae (Pea) Family

Plant is a small tree with a spreading, open crown. Height is usually no more than 30 feet with a trunk diameter of 12-15 inches. Preferred habitat is open woods, forest edges, fields and at roadside. A second tree form, “lebbeck” has larger leaflet that are about 1.5 inches wide. Both tree forms are highly invasive. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves of Mimosa are bi-pinnately compound with linear leaflets that fold together when disturbed.

The clusters of small greenish flowers are given form, size and color by the numerous long filaments. The fragrant pink “blooms” of Mimosa are about 8 cm in diameter and are followed by long bean pods. Flowers occur in late spring and early summer.

Fruit is a legume.

The Mimosa was introduced to the US around turn of the century and was widely
planted as an ornamental. Many colonies have become naturalized throughout most of the southeast.

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