mimosa Fabaceae Albizia
julibrissin Durazz. symbol: ALJU
Leaf: Alternate, bi-pinnately compound and very feathery, 10-20 inches long. Each leaflet is narrow and small, approximately 3/8 inch long.
Flower: Species is monoecious; very showy, occurring in rounded pink fluffy heads; individual flowers are small with long pink (1+ inch long) stamens; appearing in mid- to late summer.
Fruit: A flattened pod, 5-6 inches long, gray-brown when mature, containing several hard seeds.
Twig: Medium textured, zigzag, green-brown to gray-brown in color, with numerous lenticels; buds are few-scaled, small and rounded.
Bark: Smooth and gray-brown, even on larger stems.
Form: Small tree which branches low and quickly spreads into a wide V-shaped crown, especially when open-grown. Quickly develops a flat top and can reach 30 feet in height.
Looks like: rattlebox - honeylocust - catclaw mimosa - desertfern
Additional Range Information: Albizia julibrissin is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and may seed into the landscape. See states reporting mimosa.
External Links: USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson