The Mimosa Tree is also known as the “Silk Tree” or “Persian Silk Tree” because of the shimmering and eye-catching flowers.
They are most frequently planted near houses because they pull hummingbirds, birds, and butterflies.
They can grow anywhere from thirty to forty feet. They can become accustomed to any soil and can be planted in the full sunlight or partial shade. They are tolerant of drought conditions. They grow odorous hot pink flowers that bloom in clusters and are about 1 ½ inches long. The flowers are soft, feathery, and scented, almost smelling like nutmeg. The tree can grow either as a single-stem or multi-trunk; The trunk is a gray color. The flowers appear from May through July. The plant requires soil that is high in acidity; the ideal pH is between 4.6 and 5. The Mimosa tree gives off a tropical feel. The leaves are bipinnate, which means they have leaflets that are subdivided in a pinnate arrangement. At night the leaves go to “sleep,” folding in and nodding toward the ground. The flowers bloom the best when the summers are long and dry. They have a short life span that lasts anywhere from ten to twenty years. The Mimosa tree reproduces very quickly. It can withstand any temperature. The tree is native to Asia, and its native range is from Iran to China. It has been established from Virginia to Louisiana and is very common in areas of California. It grows the best in the coastal areas.
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