The mimosa (Albizia julibrissin), also called the Silktree grows like a tree. It was first marketed in the United States as an ornamental plant from its native range in Asia in 1745. Remarkably durable, it has escaped cultivation in the southeastern regions of the United States and in parts of California naturalization.
The mimosa can grow and thrive in a wide range of soils. It usually occurs along roadsides, vacant lots, clearings and fields. The plant thrives in riparian opportunities where it is aimed colonies along the water's edge. It can besides oak, pine and hickory trees grow. It was also observed that. Residing in meadows, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service
Growth and appearance
The mimosa tolerates partial shade, but do not do well, under a dense canopy of larger trees. It rarely grows at altitudes above 3,000 meters. It grows to a height of 20 to 40 feet. It produces single or multiple trunks. The leaves grow up to 8 cm long and 4 cm in width. In the spring and early summer, the plant produces pink and white pom-pom flowers that measure up to 1 1/2 inches in length.
In late summer, produces the mimosa tan seed capsules, which measure up to 6 inches in length. A prolific seed producers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service website states that a single tree can produce 8,000 seeds per year. The seeds can remain viable for up to five years. Seed dispersal occurs in the fall. The seeds often float along water courses and opportunities to germinate in moist soil along the water's edge. The wind and the animals also help to disperse the seeds.
In their homeland, the mimosa live 30 to 45 years. In the United States it is often falls victim to the ground-borne fungus Fusarium. The tree will wither and die quickly. The seeds of Mimosa have the ability to survive fire. Fire scarifies the seeds to facilitate the germination. The mimosa can also sprout even from its root system after a fire destroyed its upper growth. If the tree upward growth takes damage, they grow new shoots from the roots. The new shoots can grow up to 3 feet in a season, according to the National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior.