Exotic #5:
Albizia julibrissin

Mimosa, Albizia julibrissin

© Bill Hilton Jr.

Mimosa, Albizia julibrissin, a legume (in the Pea Family), is a fast-growing, relatively short-lived tree from China that quickly colonizes roadsides and spoil areas across the eastern U.S. Its pink powder-puff blossoms are fragrant and practically drip with nectar, attracting everything from hummingbirds to honeybees to butterflies. Grows best in the middle of an open area where its limbs can reach their full spread. Makes lots of seed pods and drops its compound leaves in early fall. Caveat: Mimosa can become invasive ans choke out native plants. (Also see photos and info on the Web site for Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History at Mimosa.)

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Perennial deciduous tree (to 13m)
Blooms June-August
Grows best in sandy or loamy soil

Full sun
Zones 7-10

WARNING: Although Mimosa is an excellent hummingbird, bee & butterfly plant, it can escape from cultivation and become invasive in some parts of the U.S. Please use it with caution.

NOTE: We are not horticulturists, so we regret we can't answer specific questions about how to plant and propagate hummingbird flowers, but your local agriculture extension office or Master Gardener group may be able to help. We're also unable to provide names of sources from which you can order plants.

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