Mimosa

Albizia julibrissin

Photo/Illustration: 
David Franko
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Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)
al-BIZ-ee-ah joo-lee-BRIS-sin
Synonyms:  Paraserianthes
Genus:  Albizia

A large shrub or small tree, Albizia julibrissin is native to Iran to Japan. It is a fast-growing plant whose seedlings can become invasive. It can be seen growing in the wild in the southeastern U.S. and California in waste places, fields, and along roads.

However, its bipinnate, ferny leaves and fluffy pink flowerheads that cover the tree in summer make it a garden-worthy plant, as do the fragrance emitted by the flowers, which attract bees. Seed pods that resemble flat beans follow the flowers and persist into winter. Still, care should be used so that seeds from garden plants can't escape into the wild.

Noteworthy Characteristics:  Domed form when mature. Filigree leaves and powder puff, fragrant flowers. Can be invasive.
Care:  Indoors, grow in full light with shade from hot sun. Water freely and fertilize monthly during active growth. Water sparingly in winter. In the garden, grow in poor or moderately fertile soil with good drainage in full sun.
Propagation:  Soak seed in warm water for 24 hours and then sow in spring at 59°F or warmer. Root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer; take root cuttings in winter.
Problems:  Indoors: spider mites and whiteflies. Fungi may cause dieback and galls. Outdoors, they are prone to vascular wilts.

Overview

Height
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Pace
Fast Grower,
Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Indoor Plant,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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