The Mimosa (Albizia Julibrissin Durz) Trees Are Blooming

>> Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Mimosa, also known as Silk Tree or silky acacia, is native to Asia and was introduced into the United States in 1745.  It is often planted as an ornamental tree but has become naturalized from New Jersey to Louisiana.  It is another tree that is quite invasive and is considered by many to be a weed.  The seeds can remain dormant for many years and still be viable.  The trees also reproduce vegetatively, which means that when the tree is cut it quickly resprouts and sends up numerous new trees.

All of that aside the trees have showy and fragrant pink flowers that resemble pom-poms.  They attract hummingbirds and butterflies.  Here are some photos I snapped this morning of the mimosa blooming around our yard.

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