C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 14, 2018: FW Sunshine, thank you for sharing your mimosa story. Keep that up until you have the plant (mimosa tree) thriving and then put it into its final pot. The tree was gone, removed for the purpose of building new houses. Its average height is between 20.00 to 40.00 feet. Tommy M. / Eastern Kentucky on July 09, 2018: The leaves are falling off most of my trees. They will crack any concrete you have surrounding it and drop blossoms and leaves etc. Have any of your other trees lost leaves earlier than usual? And this tree having pink fluffy blossoms seemed soft and sweet like her. I say it's a go! Their service is paid for by tax dollars and usually free to the citizens in the county where they're located. There is no charge as our taxes pay for this service whether anyone uses it or not, so why not use it? I purchased a tiny tree seedling, after hunting for two years. into the water continually. I must confess, that as prevalent as mimosa trees are here in North Texas, I have never seen a "dense stand" of them anywhere, nor have they ever gotten out of control that I know of. I suppose it's possible that the kind of grass you were trying to grow may not have liked the location or the type of soil for some reason, and a different kind of grass might work better. Answer: My best advice is to contact your local county agriculture agent and ask him/her this question. It doesn't take long for these trees to take root either & like I said once they do you're stuck with it...they're not very easy to pull up once they get several inches tall & cutting them to the ground does no good...they will sprout right back up! C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 14, 2017: Diane, thank you for your lovely comment. Answer: Like most plants, seeds are produced towards the end of the blossoming stage. i have a pool and when the flowers fall they get in the baskets and are really a pain to get out. Mimosa trees used to blossom profusely every spring in my North Texas town, but this year I haven't seen a singe mimosa in blossom. University of Florida Lee County Extension. I love the leaves, and flowers, but I did not know the seeds are poisonous. Glad you have decided not to use chemicals to kill the unwanted trees. Thanks again I will continue to check this site for additional comments. Honey locust trees have thorns of the worst sort all over them, too. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 15, 2018: It has been 2 years since I have shared this good article about Mimosa trees. Check with your county agent if you haven't already to see if there's something you haven't tried yet. They provide a free service provided by the county's tax dollars. I transplanted a mimosa tree a couple of years ago. Good luck with the mimosa project! Some of the places where I have lived in Texas have had mimosa trees right near my front door. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on November 13, 2017: California Girl, just glad if I can help. I also love wind chimes and have combined the two. Creeping Wattle (Acacia saligna) Creeping wattle, sometimes known as blue leaf wattle, can be a … Answer: If the damage is severe enough, the tree will die, but most of the time the damage isn't that severe, and the tree will be fine. It seems there is more than one kind of mimosa. I was shocked and I still am. That was when I first learned that the leaves of the mimosa fold for the night. Mimosa with pink flowers blooming in the middle of hot summer days & it's gorgeous canapé providing us with much needed shade. Bark rough, dark, deeply furrowed; twigs brown, smooth. We are certainly enjoying them here in Houston. The leaves fold up in a rainstorm and as a result of low light. Finally, this plant is an excellent replacement for the invasive mimosa tree, Albizia julibrissin. Time to do so again. I have it in our yard and it is beautiful! Thank you for taking time to let me and my readers know. By pruning in the spring, the tree has several months to adjust to the pruning. Question: If a Mimosa is damaged, does it die? http://www.regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Acacpine. These thorns work as a defense mechanism for acacias grown in dry environments. It reminded me of the tall white pine trees in Wisconsin where I'm originally from because of its height, at least 35 feet, and it's straight trunk. The trees can withstand a lot of difficult conditions overall. Mimosa/Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin) is identified as a non-native and invasive weed in the US. If you search with Google, I think you may be able to find a tree nursery that will ship mimosa seeds or a mimosa tree to you. Do you think the mimosa blossoms are too acidic (or something) for the lawn? I really enjoyed reading about your experiences. The soil may be a problem also. Honey locust is highly adaptable to different environments, has been introduced worldwide, and is an aggressive invasive species. :). Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps. Many times here in North Texas we have had everything leafed out and blossoms everywhere only to get a hard freeze, and all the blossoms and new leaves are burned off and must start all over. For the best answer, contact your county agricultural extension office. Thanks for the information on these trees. I have seen kudzu and mimosas aren't anything like it. I hope you will take time to read the comments too, because they can be very helpful sometimes. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 24, 2016: Colorfulone, thank you for reading and commenting! Joe Fain, thank you for sharing your thoughts. The Persian name means “night sleeper,” and in Japan it is known as the sleeping tree. Also, at Butte Chamont, a park I take my dog to in NE Paris, there are huge, lovely mimosa's in several places (but not in clusters). Googling your extension service should give you their phone number and physical location if you aren't already aware of it. It is important for everyone to be aware. I thought it must be a mistake, what tree blooms at the end of August?! Also, John Minton, Gardens of Tomorrow has issued the warning about the seed pods being poisonous. Is it dead? I laid a new pristine lawn two years ago and where my neighbours Mimosa tree overhangs the lawn it has died. Is there a way to sterilize the tree? Sharing once again. Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 25, 2015: When I saw the title I went "O, NO not something I don't want to know about these gorgeous plants." Whenever you have questions about plants, gardening, lawn care, animals (either domestic or wild), pesticides or other chemicals, food, food additives or preservatives, recipes, or a huge variety of different issues and subjects relating to plants or animals, consult your local county agricultural extension office. I have been purning it thinking it was a tree, probably blooms on old growth? So long as a small part of the root remains they will grow back up. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 19, 2015: For people wishing to learn about different types of trees, this is a great article about the Mimosa trees. It does not grow into trees or bushes and remains fairly close to the ground, usually three to four inches high, but rarely as much as 12 inches high. The Mimosa Tree is a stunning show of flower bursts, which are often compared to starbursts or fireworks. Definitely helped with where I can put it. I'm a little surprised that they don't do that here. we had gathered a bunch of seeds while on a trip to key West. I recommend you contact your country extension service agent who has free information relating to all plants and trees common (and not so common) to your area. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 25, 2017: John Weidman, thank you for commenting and sharing your experience with these trees. Butternut trees up north is one tree that comes to mind. So now I have 3 trees going along side the buildings and one near my water well. Can you please tell me where I can get a mimosa tree in Kenya? Every state and most counties have one. From a distance the tall mimosa looked very much like a tall white pine tree, but up close it became obvious the leaves were very different, and of course when it bloomed it looked more like the mimosa it was. Thank you again for sharing your memories and experiences with the mimosa tree. It slowly died. Mimosas are usually quite hardy, and the danger comes more from strong winds. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 27, 2014: Diane Ayers, thank you for stopping by. My cats name was Pinky, because she was attracted to the color pink! Each tree grows to this height at different rates, based on soil nutrients and moisture availability. Good luck! To may friends I describe it as a pretty lady! The faster they grow, the weaker their limbs are likely to be, and the more likely strong winds will damage them. Since then I always wanted one of my own. I know that's still a little south of Michigan (I'm originally from WI, and I know how cold it can get up in that part of the country), but I think if you plant your mimosa in a somewhat sheltered area, maybe where some stands of other trees can surround it on 2 or 3 sides, it may do OK. Once it gets well rooted, I think from what people are reporting in the comments here, even the cold may have a challenge trying kill it. Scientific Name: Albizia julibrissin . They like to be positive. And The Name? In the past couple years, seeds have fallen her my house and also my wash house. inermis) is available. The neighbor on his other side just planted a mimosa sapling in her yard and when the one neighbor came home and saw it, he went ballistic. Yes, during certain seasons the mimosa can be a little messy, but there are lots of trees that are even messier. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the Davesgarden.com, http://www.bonsai-bci.com/species/acacia.html, http://www.regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Acacpine. FW Sunshine from Paris, France on August 12, 2018: Thank you for your article. Positive: On Dec 30, 2004, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote: I absolutely fell in love with the first picture I ever saw of one of these and HAD to find one! Answer: Trim it like any other tree, lopping off branches that hang too low, shortening branches that you consider too long. Mimosa Pudica plants are actually sensitive to physical parameters like touch, temperature, and light, which means the plants fold and shrink their leaves and even look like they are dead when someone touches them or when there is a sudden variation in temperature or light. I recommend you consult your county agricultural extension service. I would be surprised if fertilizers intended for roses would harm the mimosa tree, but I cannot give you a definitive answer because I have never had a problem with Mimosas regarding fertilizers, nor do I know anyone who has. So glad you enjoy mimosas and that you shared your experiences with them with me and my readers. They are difficult to get rid of. That should bring up it's address and phone number. And the service is already paid for by your tax dollars, so give them a call or stop in for a visit. Answer: Mimosa trees (also called silk trees) can and do live in Florida. I have read that the normal life expectancy of mimosa trees is about 20 years, so if yours has lasted twice that long you are lucky indeed. The hottest part of our summer and someone all but killed that poor tree and did the same to the others in that area of the shopping center. Each leaf has 10 to 25 leaflets and 40 to 60 subleaflets per leaflet. I don't understand why it was removed since it had stood for many many years beside the street and couldn't possibly have been in the way of the builders. Be patient. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 08, 2020: colesta552, thank you for your inquiry.
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