Mimosa or Silktree Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) ... © All Rights Reserved

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an invasive species here in the southeast USA

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Der SIGGY on August 3, 2008

Oh my god! I only know them as a plant for inside, on the window bench... 8-o wonderful, Jean, how high is it?

Jean Gregory Evans on August 3, 2008

Siggy, I would guess the tree is about 25 feet high, one of the taller ones. It is growing down below on a bank that falls in elevation from the parking lot at the grocery store. That is why it looks like I was almost as tall as the tree here.

I have never heard of them being grown inside before! I am astonished, what wonderful news to me.

Did you know that they are not native to this area? Around here, a lot of people think that they all should be gotten rid of because they grow so fast, they grow just about anywhere the bird drops the seeds. They grow in full sun, they grow in full shade too. But a lot of people like them too so you can still purchase them to go in your landscape. I love them because I think they are so pretty and I love the fragrance too. Because they are considered an invader species to the area, I never thought of having one for myself, but a bird planted a seed by my driveway and the tree has grown up. This year, for the first time, there are a few buds which have yet to open. It is about 18 feet high now. They do grow very fast! It was much shorter than me about three years ago.


Der SIGGY on August 3, 2008

I've taken a look at Wikipedia now.... there are so many different species of mimosa, about 400 to 480, as you can see on this page - sorry, it is in german only... :-)

I wish you a nice week! On tuesday may vacations start, than I'll be away from PA...

Greetings and "Good night" (it is 11:15pm CEST),


Jean Gregory Evans on August 3, 2008

Siggy, good night and happy vacation. I will try to look at the German page soon. I have looked in wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimosa - I am sorry that I don't yet know how to make the link thingy. Here it is now 5:30pm.


Roger Narbonne on December 26, 2008

Hello Jean, I saw this photo which my interpeler because this tree is not a Mimosa, its true name his(her,its) the tree Albizia julibrissin with flowers, or the tree with silk, locust tree of Constantinople. I had one of it to me to see the link HERE. Friendly Roger.

Jean Gregory Evans on December 26, 2008

Roger, here in the southeastern United States, this tree is commonly called Mimosa. It is an invasive species and it tops the Least Wanted List. It spreads very easily and rapidly. I have read that there are many hundreds varieties of the mimosa. I see only this one kind here. You are right, it is a Albizia julibrissin but the common name here is Mimosa. It is a lovely tree with a beautiful bloom and is still sold for landscaping although others are trying to talk us into getting rid of it before it overtakes the native trees and bushes.

Thank you so much for stopping by my gallery! Do come again.

Greetings from the mountains of North Carolina, USA,


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  • Uploaded on August 2, 2008
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    by Jean Gregory Evans
    • Camera: SONY DSC-H5
    • Taken on 2008/08/01 09:23:27
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
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    • F/Stop: f/4.000
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    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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