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We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.
Mimosa Silk Tree Seeds
Mimosa Silk Tree
The mimosa silk tree or Albizia julibrissin is also known as the Persian silk tree and is prized for unusual flowers that resemble pink powder puffs. Native to Asia, it is related to the pea and named for the Italian naturalist Filippo degli Albizzi, who brought it to Europe in the 18th century. Its epithet is unusual because instead of Latin or Greek, it is derived from Persian and means "floss silk" or "silk flower."
Hardy Zones Where They Grow
The mimosa silk tree is a tree of warm climates, so it grows best in hardiness zones 6 to 9. This means the extreme average low temperature ranges from - 10 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. It is a common, volunteer tree in the southeastern United States.
At maturity, the mimosa silk tree is 20 to 40 feet high with a 20 to 50-foot spread. Its branches grow horizontally, and sometimes the branchlets have an attractive droop. It is a deciduous tree, and the leaves are bipinnate, light green, and have many tiny leaflets. This gives the blade a fernlike, delicate beauty. The blade closes up at night and when it's touched.
The mimosa silk tree's bark is dark green/gray and develops vertical stripes with age. The leaves do not have much fall color but drop from the tree after a frost. The flowers get their powderpuff look because they're formed by ahead with a short stalk, a perianth with reduced parts, and many stamens. Stamens are the filament-like male reproductive parts. The flower also has a tube that's fused at the base and appears at the beginning of summer.
The tree reproduces in well-drained but average soil that's kept moderately moist. It will even do well in poor soils, but fertile but light soil is ideal. Though it can grow in the shade, it flowers profusely in full sun and places where summers are hot. It tolerates deer and some drought.
The flowers arrive in racemes, which are clusters of individual flowers attached to a central stem by stalks of equal length and distance. They are a lovely flamingo pink with golden centers. They have a sweet scent and attract bees and other pollinators.
The mimosa silk tree's flowers appear from June to July. Eventually, they produce flat brown seedpods that can be 7 inches long. Each one has about eight seeds. The pods cling to the tree into the winter, but strong wind causes them to rupture. The wind then carries the seeds far and wide.
To grow the tree from a seed, plant the seed to the depth of 1/4 inch in a pot of vermiculite or seed-starting medium. Keep the medium moist but not wet, and transplant when the seedling is about 6 inches tall.
Though the mimosa silk tree is a heat-loving plant, it is hardy and can stand cold and frost as long as they're not prolonged.