First I would advise you, as I have several before you, to contact your county agriculture agent. Unfortunately, the mimosa tree is considered by many horticulturalists, and others, to be an ecological threat. Also, John Minton, Gardens of Tomorrow has issued the warning about the seed pods being poisonous. The mimosa, I am told, is a strong competitor to native trees and shrubs in open areas or forest edges. The leaves and flowers are both very distinctive features of this tree, and so it is extremely easy to recognize. I have never paid attention to that. Textile. Mimosas seed freely, so you're likely to find new seedlings in your lawn and garden each spring. The Sugar Tip cultivar (zones 5 to 9, 8 to 12 feet tall x 4 to 6 feet wide) is one kind with pink flowers; it also offers two-toned leaves. Chrysanthemum indicum hybrids. Never having purchased seeds of this sort, or trees generally, there is no particular nursery I can recommend. My grandparents had several in their wood line in Western Kentucky and I used to love how they smelled. I love these trees. They aren't ever especially pretty that I recall, and never smell so wonderful as mimosas. Long story short, I am still dealing with offspring of that tree. As an adult with a home in Fort Worth, Texas, for 30 years, I actually sought to buy a mimosa tree for several years, but never found them at nurserys. Thank you for taking time to let me and my readers know. Fragrant pale pink flowers open in early spring followed by fleshy purple fruits. The trees/shrubs can reach 15 to 20 feet high. Range of trees with variegated foliage that display multiple colours on their leaves at the same time. I think trees are important and it upsets me when I discover they have been removed or over-trimmed for no good reason. Can you please tell me where I can get a mimosa tree in Kenya? © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. I'm so glad you got to see this beautiful tree. Please read the section above subtitled, "Warnings About These Trees.". Or could this be some kind of ground cover that the leaves look like a mimosa? From my own experience, in addition to being pretty and smelling wonderful, the mimosa trees that have been in my yard provided lots of great shade from the sun. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 27, 2015: Patricia (pstraubie48), thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this article! It seems there is more than one kind of mimosa. I'm so glad this article has been useful for you and that you enjoyed it. They germinate in a few days. :). Please tell me it is not dying! C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 14, 2017: Diane, thank you for your lovely comment. Yet they remain popular with a lot of people. There's plenty of colour choice from more traditional green and cream colour combinations, to striking reds and pinks. Here in Texas during the rainy season one must usually cut their grass at least twice a week, sometimes even three times. Chrysanthemum x indicum “Julia”. Chaenomeles japonica. Answer: Mimosa trees do best with slow acting tree fertilizers. Other trees have compound leaves, made up of a main leaf stem with multiple blades attached to it. It has palm-like leaves and star-shaped flowers that are quite unique. Most of the time mimosa trees will grow like weeds and once it is established and starts producing seed pods it will likely fill your yard with more mimosa trees unless you remove them or cut them along with the grass. Some people seem to think they are, but I have seen no sign of that here in North Texas. Definitely helped with where I can put it. Thanks to you I have added more information about mimosa ground cover to this article. The leaves fold up in a rainstorm and as a result of low light. I talked to the neighbor, an took some pictures. Live oaks have long slender deciduous leaves and small acorns. I did not know this. Lo and behold, my 2nd floor living room (considered 1st floor in France) looks out on a playground/park and the huge old windows frame a gorgeous view of a giant mimosa tree (see profile pic). Click on image to view plant details. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 10, 2015: Vocalcoach, thank you for reading and commenting on this article and for the votes, share, and such high praise! Whatever the problem was/is, your county agent should be able to suggest some possible solutions. You value pretty over decimating ecosystems. The shell plumps up. Black Chokeberry. Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant hardiness zones 5 through 9, "Rosea" features pale-pink flowers with narrow petals, and it grows 10 feet tall with a 12-foot spread. Question: What is the best way to get rid of the powder puff? Could I have treated it and gotten some more years out of it? . That wraps up our spotlight on black foliaged plants. In summer, these leaves darken to a rich burgundy, before maturing to a stunning mix of gold, orange, scarlet and crimson in autumn. Answer: Mimosa leaves are sensitive to touch and light. Now its got 3 branches about 15 foot long and no more branch offs. Thank you again for sharing your memories and experiences with the mimosa tree. They may be able to recommend a particular treatment or type of grass that will resolve the problem. They have an ability to grow in odd places like from under my shed and basement window wells and recover from being cut back. It is 40' high and 20' wide. Question: When do you plant a mimosa tree from the pot that it came in, into the ground? I have 2 in my yard and one of them is a monster and still blooms each year! You mean that this tree gives seeds that grow same as the mother? I used to mow the tiny trees down along with the grass because I didn't want a forest, just the tree(s) I already had. They should have good advice on how to proceed with the problem you describe. If the land is developed into a housing project for example, every tree, or nearly every tree, regardless of age or type, will be taken out and destroyed. I have a friend that has a lot of these and has offered to give me starters. I would say, by the size of it, that it has to be well beyond 20 years old! I like to read the comments on an article too, because they often include additional info that wasn't in the article. I also love wind chimes and have combined the two. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 06, 2017: Grannyma 1, thank you for sharing your thoughts and your appreciation for these beautiful trees! You might consider warm water for a longer period then 24 hours. Getting them to grow isn't hard. My next door neighbor, on the other hand apparently believes he has the right to tell me he is going to take a chainsaw to it. There is no charge as our taxes pay for this service whether anyone uses it or not, so why not use it? Answer: My best advice is to contact your local county agriculture agent and ask him/her this question. Thank you. Kobus magnolia is a small tree (or large shrub) that produces its 4-inch cup-shaped white flowers in March, well before the leaves appear. Anyway, the lilac is still thriving and Mimosa is at least thirty feet tall and up until this year has bloomed beautifully. Also make sure the place you transplant it to will have good drainage and not be too close to buildings, driveways, sidewalks, etc., because at some point the tree's roots may be a problem for these things, causing them to rupture and crack or break up. Ive thoroughly research info about the mimosa tree. They are so decorative! I have seen pictures of the yellow mimosas, but have never seen any of the actual trees. The first vision of those blossoms has remained with me for years. The smaller Chinese redbud (Cercis chinensis) produces flowers larger and a rosier shade of pink than those of "Forest Pansy." I look forward to seeing them and smelling their heavenly scent every spring, but this year, no blossoms. on May 07, 2015: It's good to learn that the Mimosa tree can be invasive. It's always sad (IMO) because the trees lost are usually huge and several years old. Problem is that it close to the country road and also has power lights from the road to my house growing thru it so I have to trim it from time to time although I don't want to. When designing a garden for fall color, select plants that will strut their … One common disease these trees contract is Fusarium, which causes wilting. When those two things come together lots of people who don't water their trees lose many of their trees. Pink is a common flower colour, so you’re spoilt for choice when choosing pink-flowered plants to grow in your garden. I decided to introduce mimosa tree here for everybody to see, enjoy & appreciate its beauty for many years to come. Missouri Botanical Garden: Lagerstroemia Indica "Whit I" Raspberry Sundae, Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States: Crape Myrtle, Lagerstroemia Indica, Missouri Botanical Garden: Cercis Canadensis "Forest Pansy", Missouri Botanical Garden: Cercis Chinensis. And they aren't as pretty either. I'm so glad you're enjoying your tree and chimes together. Scientific Name: Lagerstroemia This is one of the longest blooming tree, which grows as short as 18 inches and as tall as 40 feet. As short as a week or two. But I smile every morning as I wake up, walk out for coffee, and enjoy my neighborhood mimosa tree. Identifying species of locust trees can be done by features such as their … Do not allow livestock, pets, or especially children to put the seedpods or seeds in their mouths. Here where I live, they grow much like weeds, and so making sure they have enough water and trimming them occasionally like any other trees is about the only care they require. Its silvery grey, feathery evergreen leaves make a lovely background to the fluffy yellow flower clusters gathered in arching sprays. It is attractive as a tree for naturalized garden areas or as a graceful addition to a small yard. Many trees only bloom at a particular time during the year but if you can see flowers, usually in the spring, it can be another helpful to help with tree identification. I've lived with mimosa trees for 28 years and I have never known them to be invasive. That can be avoided by thinking ahead. The larger hybrid "Decaisneana" (Robinia x ambigua "Decaisneana"), hardy in USDA zones 4 through 11, features pendulous clusters of pink, early summer flowers and feathery foliage. I know grass requires sunlight, so maybe your lawn isn't getting enough of that where your neighbor's mimosa tree overhangs it? You’ll find dahlias in yellow, orange, purple, red, and of course, pink. Answer: “Preferring U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 10, mimosas need to be large enough to cultivate flowers and subsequent seed pods -- younger trees do not have the energy reserves for reproductive activity. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 01, 2020: KB, thank you for sharing your experience with mimosa trees. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 17, 2018: Thank you Peggy Woods, for revisiting this article. Your agriculture extension service will all certainly be able to answer your questions and advise you on how to proceed. Weed killers do more than just kill weeds -- at least in my experience, and they end up in the storm drains and next they're on your dining room table. The mimosa tree is cold weather tolerant and has been known to survive temperatures as cold as -25 degrees Fahrenheit. I live out in the country no sidewalks but the side yard has no trees whatsoever. The trees/shrubs can reach 15 to 20 feet high. It is very pretty! Googling your extension service should give you their phone number and physical location if you aren't already aware of it. Raised at Notcutts Nurseries, Suffolk, in 1915. Lots of green grass may be optional depending on how large the mimosa tree is and how much sunlight reaches the ground directly beneath it. The tree leaves have dark-green or light green color, depending on the species. I'm glad yours has done so much better than that, but I really would save some of the seedpods if you get some this year. Its root systems can lift and crack concrete. I have seen kudzu and mimosas aren't anything like it. Her work has been published in the "New York Times," "Christian Science Monitor," "Horticulture Magazine" and other national and regional publications. i have a pool and when the flowers fall they get in the baskets and are really a pain to get out. The damage that they cause can be expensive to repair. It serves as a food source for cattle, goats, sheep, and deer. I was online searching to find the typical blooming season length for a mimosa tree; we had a recent pea-sized hail storm and the nearby mimosa lost most of its blooms, but there appear to be a few erupting again, and I was wondering if we would enjoy another spurt of prolific blooms and perfume. Still cannot identify it? Another with pink flowers is Woodbridge, which can be grown in zones 5 to 9. Question: For how long does the mimosa tree produce these poisonous seed pods and during what time of year? They also tend to be messy trees, so don't put them by the pool. Mimosa/Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin) is identified as a non-native and invasive weed in the US. They like to be positive. Six feet may be a little too close. Fast growing means that it's roots spread quickly. Trim off the lower branches to create a tree habit. Invasive, Indestructible and Resilient. Yellow pines are a group of conifers with needles in clusters of two or three. If I try to replant them elsewhere, how far down in the ground do I dig to get all the roots? Rake them up and dispose of them, or plant them and have more beautiful mimosas. Yes, they do start easily and seedlings will appear in the yard everywhere, but I never found that to be an issue. Answer: Here in North Texas where I live, mimosa trees are easy to grow from seeds. So glad you enjoy mimosas and that you shared your experiences with them with me and my readers. The tree was there, but the shade wasn't! If there's a way to do anything regarding plants of any kind, they will know it. https://www.gardeningexpress.co.uk/calliandra-dixie-pink-powder-puff-tree Besides plenty of flowers that are pink, many houseplants as well as outdoor plants have exciting pink-hued foliage. Many people complain about mimosas because they are very difficult to kill and tend to grow like weeds. I haven't' seen a single mimosa in blossom this year, and I spend a lot of time driving around this city. I hope you get one started this summer! Here in North Texas they are highly desirable because they are not native. Pink feathery pom pom flower: spiky, thin needle-like petals against a distorted green, natural background. The new trees may not do as well in other parts of the country due to climate or soil. For that reason I am including information about mimosa strigillosa, also called powderpuff mimosa (because of its soft flowers) or sunshine mimosa (it prefers full sun but can do quite well in shade). … That was when I first learned that the leaves of the mimosa fold for the night. They smell wonderful, and they are my favorite trees in Texas, which is the first place I am aware of having seen them. Their advice is professional and free. The tree was gone, removed for the purpose of building new houses. Small white flowers bloom in early spring before it leafs out. Growing up in Houston, we had a mimosa tree in our front yard. Thanks for the info. The trees can withstand a lot of difficult conditions overall. Love mimosa trees, they are beautiful, in my area I haven't noticed any spreading like weeds, central North Carolina. When i got back to Michigan today, i looked up this tree and came to your site. Textile . I have a few that were left to grow in the flower beds around the house when my sister in law lived in this house & I have cut them down, dug up as much root as possible & sawed huge hunks of the roots out & still cannot kill it! It starts late in May or June from its winter slumber. Feathery plumed perennials, including ornamental grasses and bulbs, are prized in the garden because they provide interest and complement more common perennials with rounded or composite flowers. This one is a kind of small wonder. Answer: Mimosa trees (also called silk trees) can and do live in Florida. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 19, 2015: For people wishing to learn about different types of trees, this is a great article about the Mimosa trees. I would recommend that you contact your country agricultural agent. Albizias are generally slow-growing trees, eventually reaching a height of 3m-4m and a similar spread. Nichole, thank you for commenting. Excellent specimen tree. You do have to be vigilant in not letting them take root where you don't want them. I have seen pictures of the yellow mimosa, but never seen the real thing. Do you think the mimosa blossoms are too acidic (or something) for the lawn? To one of the comments below, if you cannot understand why a non-native tree is considered unwanted and potentially invasive, it is concerning. This is a breathtaking tree that has orchid-shaped flowers that are red in color. The mimosa ground cover is what some farmers feed their livestock, and the pods and seeds of the mimosa tree that are toxic. Albizia julibrissin, the Persian silk tree or pink silk tree, is a species of tree in the family Fabaceae, native to southwestern and eastern Asia.. After 20 years most mimosa trees rarely blossom, etc., and don't live much longer. Good luck. You may end up with many more trees than you wanted. It slowly died. Answer: I have never tried to plant a mimosa seedling or seed in potting soil. I agree that they do tend to grow like weeds, but I still think they are easy to control. Yes, some people who aren't aware of the correct name of the tree go by the sounds they hear when other people are talking about them and somewhere along the way mimosa becomes formosa or something else similar in pronunciation. I would incline to transplant the tree in the spring so that new root growth would help the tree to get rooted in its new space, and so that it would have a chance to recover before hot weather arrives, assuming you ever get that. Chow Mom, I'm glad you're able to get the seeds to germinate. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 08, 2020: colesta552, thank you for your inquiry. Fragrant pale pink flowers open in early spring followed by fleshy purple fruits. ... A close relative of the fiddle leaf fig tree, rubber plant (Ficus elastica) can have deep green, burgundy, or even white-striped leaves. Its distinct feathery pale pink flowers make this very invasive plant appear harmless. You're best bet is to do as you said and take the seed pods up as soon as you see them start to fall & dispose of them somewhere you don't mind them growing! I don't want to cut them down since they now are huge and blooming beautifully but I don't want damage either. I have a couple of mimosa trees in my yard! I had NO idea they could be harmful. Second, I would ask if you have been watering this mimosa seedling? I'm thinking that perhaps your issue with mimosa trees is because you are spoiled. Each tree grows to this height at different rates, based on soil nutrients and moisture availability. The only things I can suggest is that you check with your local nurseries if you are in the South where mimosas are most common -- they may be able to order them if they aren't in stock, and that you check on nurseries online. They are so beautiful and smell so fantastic! 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