Thursday, May 13, 2010

May 13 - Mimosa - Albizia julibrissin

The Mimosa Tree

Originally from China, Mimosa or Silk tree was introduced to the United States in 1745. The Mimosa is reported to have medicinal properties. The flowers are used medicinally in Chinese Medicine to bring joy to the heart.

The Mimosa is deciduous, small to medium-sized, and can grow up to 40 feet. The bark is light brown and smooth. Young stems are lime green, turning light brown and are covered with lenticels. Leaves are alternate and bipinnately compounded. They are 6 to 20 inches long and have 20 to 60 leaflets per branch. The mimosa leaf has a fern-like look. The flowers appear from May through July. The flowers are pink, fragrant, and about 1½ inches long. Fruits are flat and in pods. The pods usually stay on the tree in the winter.


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