Cricket Hill Garden
Albizia julibrissin, Mimosa tree
Variety description: A small, attractive tree with fragrant pink flowers (borne on the new growth in July and August). The attractive pinnate foliage betrays this trees leguminous roots.
A much maligned "weed tree" in the mid-Atlantic and southeast, this tree is still a tropical looking novelty in New England. It is still uncommon here in Connecticut, but is likely become more invasive with climate change.
This tree is native to a broad swath of land from Iran to central China. In China, where it is known as he 合歡 hehuan and is a traditional symbol of love. It is also an important plant in Chinese medicine, where the dried bark and flowers are used to treat a variety of ailments including insomnia, irritability, depression and ease the pain and swelling of abscesses.
Site requirements: Full sun location. Not picky about soil type and can tolerate quite dry soils.
Size at maturity: 15-20' tall.
Pests and diseases: On the east coast trees are often afflicted by Mimosa Vascular Wilt, a species of Fusarium fungus. This diseases causes new growth to die back and can be deadly to the tree.
Hardiness: USDA zones 6-9. Temperatures around 0° F result in stem die back. In colder climates, trees should be protected until they reach a larger size.
Plant size: 2 year old seedling, 12-18'' tall with a well developed root system. Grown in a 4" x 9.5" tree pot.
When we ship: Available for summer and fall 2020 shipping.