Mimosa (Silktree)
(Albizia julibrissin)

INVASIVE SPECIES- Originated in Asia

Description: Mimosa has been called by many different names. Most people recognize it by its 10 stamens. Stamens are the pollen-producing part of the flower. They adapt to almost any soil type. They are also drought tolerant and can be planted in full sun or partial shade. These trees have smooth, light brown bark, feathery leaves and pink flowers.

Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society

Growth Habit: Mimosa trees rapidly grow to about 10-50 feet (9-15 meters).

Leaves: The mimosa has compound leaves 6 to 20 inches long (2-8cm). They have 8 to 24 pairs of branches and 20 to 60 leaflets per branch. The leaves are long and dark green.

Flowers/Fruit: The flowers of the mimosa look like pom-poms. They are bright pink and feathery with a white base.

Value to Wildlife: This tree is a very popular ornamental tree, though it is not native to North America. It is drought tolerant and the flowers tend to attract humming birds.

©Jeff McMillian.
Courtesy of Almost Eden. United States, LA.

This page prepared by 8th grader Hannah M.
Exploris Middle School - Fall 2009