Mimosa Tree

Wednesday I visited an extraordinary garden in Marblehead. Amongst the many specimens of unusual trees that are not widely grown in our region, which are growing in this sheltering tree-garden, was one of my very favorites, the stunning Mimosa Tree (Albizia julibrissin f. rosea). Although the Mimosa Tree is not indigenous (it is native to southwestern and eastern Asia), the blossoms are a rich source of nectar for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and several species of swallowtails.

Mimosa Tree ©Kim Smith 2013

Mimosa Tree ~ Albizia julibrissin f. rosea

About Kim Smith

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- kimsmithdesigns.wordpress.com. Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor. Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden"
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11 Responses to Mimosa Tree

  1. Vickie & Peter says:

    I love this tree – I planted one at my condo in California.

  2. Kim Smith says:

    This tree is a stunner–I think you could grow it successfully as long as you have a sheltered spot out of the way of cold drying winds.

  3. PV says:

    There has been one next to my property longer than 45 years. It is truly beautiful but it must be well protected from freezing winds. I wish I had a spot for one.

    • Kim Smith says:

      Hi PV, Is the tree located in the Gloucester area?

      • PV says:

        Hi Kim, It is in Pigeon Cove on Pigeon Hill St. It is tucked into a small well protected area.
        It dropped seeds in my yard in an area that wasn’t mowed one year. The following spring there were seedlings but they didn’t survive. That area is now being mowed.

  4. Les says:

    There is (or at least was) a magnificent specimen in a walled garden on the left side of the Old North Church in Boston.

  5. Anne Lubbers says:

    This is a beautiful photograph. I can almost reach out and touch it!

  6. Patti Amaral says:

    Love this tree, I had the pleasure of having one in my second home on Martha’s Vineyard in Edgartown home of the Carry In Carry Out Program. Now I am so very lucky to have one out my back window in my neighbors yard on Myrtle Sq.

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