Botanical Name: Albizia julibrissin
Common Name: Silk Tree, Mimosa Tree  
Plant photo of: Albizia julibrissin
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply a layer of mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss.

Choose organic mulches, such as shredded bark, compost or aged sawdust.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

12-25', 25-40'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Green, Light Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

Japanese, Spanish, Tropical


Accenting Features

Multi-trunk Tree, Showy Flowers, Specimen, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Lawn, Patio


Special Uses

Shade Tree


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Normans/Mullany/Thompson
  • Description

  • Notes

This is a very graceful tree with a unique flat top which creates an interesting canopy effect. The light sensitive leaves close at night. It has delightful fluffy pink summer flowers and fern like leaves. It is a fast grower to 40' when given adequate water. It enjoys high summer heat. It is especially interesting when viewed from above so works well on down slopes.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.