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Campus Gardens

Albizia Julibrissin
Mimosa or Silk tree
Family: Fabaceae

The pinnately compound leaves of Mimosa are feathery and rather large, to 20" long. The flowers are very showy, rounded pink, fluffy heads with individual flowers are small with long with long pink one inch stamens. These first appear in early summer and continue to late summer. The fruit that appears simultaneously with later flowers. They are flattened pods 5-6 inches long. When they mature, they are gray-brown and have large seeds. The bark is smooth gray-brown, even on larger stems. The tree tends to have 3 major limbs that branch near the base of the tree. It is better when it is grown in an open space. Somewhat brittle and not long lived. An excellent specimen tree for the lawn. A very large specimen is in the Arboretum of campus, though it suffered considerable die-back in the 2003 winter.

-Karen Duarte

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