However, its root systems are invasive. It's a valuable windbreak in warm, coastal … The mimosa trees I have most appreciated were two trees entwined together. I hope you and your neighbors can come to an amicable solution. The tree is originally from China, where it is balanced in the ecosystem. Answer: If the damage is severe enough, the tree will die, but most of the time the damage isn't that severe, and the tree will be fine. Larry in Gowdy Indiana, thank you for sharing your experience with mimosa trees and for your inquiry. Do you think the mimosa blossoms are too acidic (or something) for the lawn? They used to be everywhere in late spring/early summer. I have seen pictures of the yellow mimosas, but have never seen any of the actual trees. It reminded me of the tall white pine trees in Wisconsin where I'm originally from because of its height, at least 35 feet, and it's straight trunk. While it does grow well from the seeds it produces, the stems also spread and form an overlapping vegetative mat making it an excellent way of controlling erosion. I would be surprised if fertilizers intended for roses would harm the mimosa tree, but I cannot give you a definitive answer because I have never had a problem with Mimosas regarding fertilizers, nor do I know anyone who has. . Mariachi 'Salsa' Helenium. Truly hot water may be too hot. The larger hybrid "Decaisneana" (Robinia x ambigua "Decaisneana"), hardy in USDA zones 4 through 11, features pendulous clusters of pink, early summer flowers and feathery foliage. I know the seeds are poisonous but can they also kill everything that grows underneath? I could have swore he called them a 'Formosa'. I noticed when I had a huge mimosa in my yard that the 'babies' were often spindly at first, 2 to 6 inches tall, sprouting up like weeds. 5.2K views View 3 Upvoters Grass has grown under all the mimosa trees I have had over the years. Again, I do not recall any volunteers. I dislike chemicals even if using other methods does take more effort in the long run, and not only for getting rid of mimosas. So glad you stopped in and shared your thoughts! C E Clark (author) from North Texas on December 14, 2016: Mostafa Shaheen, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. IAS, thank you for taking time to read and critic this article and for your well intended suggestions. There was also a very straight tall mimosa about a block from where I lived. I've been battling these monsters for years. That is when they stand out IMHO, when they are in bloom, and I love them, as I said in this article. Scientific Name: Lagerstroemia This is one of the longest blooming tree, which grows as short as 18 inches and as tall as 40 feet. Lo and behold, my 2nd floor living room (considered 1st floor in France) looks out on a playground/park and the huge old windows frame a gorgeous view of a giant mimosa tree (see profile pic). These groups include mostly trees and shrubs, but also a few herbs. Why? Yes, they do start easily and seedlings will appear in the yard everywhere, but I never found that to be an issue. I recommend you contact your local county agent for free advice on this subject. Question: For how long does the mimosa tree produce these poisonous seed pods and during what time of year? C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 14, 2018: FW Sunshine, thank you for sharing your mimosa story. And the blossoms can be messy too, but they are so, so magical at dusk when only the blossoms are visible and they seem to be huge floating clouds. Perhaps along the property line would be good so that you can readily view them hopefully without their encountering sidewalks or driveways or foundations. Susie Lehto from Minnesota on August 20, 2016: I am so glad I visited this article, because I have wanted to know the name of these "mimosa trees" for several years, ever since I first saw some. The limited light made the feathery blossoms appear like soft fluff suspended in the air, and the smell was intoxicating. 2) Suggest alternatives for those that do not want to plant mimosa where it is designated an invasive. So I made room for three on the east side of the home. Unlobed and smooth (no teeth). Thin, medi- um-green leaves and showy, pink trumpet-shaped flowers in late spring. I maintain a fondness for them because they remind me of their little house, nestled in the rural area. Scientific Name : Buxus. Its average spread is between 20.00 to 50.00 feet. Tree Identification 101 Pete Smith Texas Big Tree Registry Coordinator Texas Forest Service College Station, TX 979‐458‐6650 Apr 15, 2013 - Tamarix tetrandra are deciduous shrubs or small trees of feathery effect, with minute leaves and racemes of very small pink or white flowers in spring, summer or early autumn T. tetrandra is a lax, medium-sized deciduous shrub with arching, almost black branches, minute green scale-like leaves and large plumes of light pink flowers in late spring There are lots of other trees that grow quickly and easily propagate. Because even though they grow like weeds and are hard to kill, they are generally a weak tree. Chow Mom, I'm glad you're able to get the seeds to germinate. Yellow pines are a group of conifers with needles in clusters of two or three. It does not grow into trees or bushes and remains fairly close to the ground, usually three to four inches high, but rarely as much as 12 inches high. I know that's still a little south of Michigan (I'm originally from WI, and I know how cold it can get up in that part of the country), but I think if you plant your mimosa in a somewhat sheltered area, maybe where some stands of other trees can surround it on 2 or 3 sides, it may do OK. Once it gets well rooted, I think from what people are reporting in the comments here, even the cold may have a challenge trying kill it. The plant lives around 20 years, so it is considered a short-lived landscape specimen. Lots of green grass may be optional depending on how large the mimosa tree is and how much sunlight reaches the ground directly beneath it. This one is a kind of small wonder. Yes, some people who aren't aware of the correct name of the tree go by the sounds they hear when other people are talking about them and somewhere along the way mimosa becomes formosa or something else similar in pronunciation. There's plenty of colour choice from more traditional green and cream colour combinations, to striking reds and pinks. Answer: No, not that I know of. They will know what is going on with your tree, and can even test the soil if need be. That is because the bipinnate leaves fold up at night and during rainstorms. They need to be removed from the pod. Powderpuff is utilized by both domestic livestock and wildlife. It is a fast-growing ornamental tree that can reach up to 30 feet or slightly more in height. Chrysanthemum indicum hybrids. Up North where I am originally from (now in North Texas, but grew up in central WI), the offending trees were box elder trees. When tree roots from host plants grow close to these fungal spores, the chlamydospores germinate and produce mycelium, which attacks the mimosa roots, infecting the tree. As a riot of blooms began to appear in early June, I confirmed that I am living across from one of the loveliest and definitely the largest (I'm pretty sure it is at least 40 feet high) mimosa trees I've ever seen. Googling your extension service should give you their phone number and physical location if you aren't already aware of it. The first vision of those blossoms has remained with me for years. A bagger lawn mower can make the job of picking up the seed pods easier as you can do it at the same time you're cutting your grass. They too grow up like weeds and they are relatively weak so that the slightest wind can damage them or bring their branches down. Its distinct feathery pale pink flowers make this very invasive plant appear harmless. Still cannot identify it? Their seeds overproduce, (by the HUNDREDS+ !!!!) I live in northern middle tennessee. A lot of trees are like that. Planting in full sun with produce darker coloured leaves. Will the roots cause problems to my foundations? My next door neighbor, on the other hand apparently believes he has the right to tell me he is going to take a chainsaw to it. They will grow anywhere too! I was shocked and I still am. There are three species from Europe and Asia, southeast USA and southwest China and the smaller cultivars grow to 1.2m in height and spread, while larger … They were plentiful, but they just didn't draw much attention. I saw my first Mimosa tree yesterday, actually it was in bloom. I have never heard of the condition you speak of relating to any tree much less a mimosa. Answer: Powder puff mimosa is a ground cover. The mimosa tree is cold weather tolerant and has been known to survive temperatures as cold as -25 degrees Fahrenheit. But from my personal experience, spring is the best time. I'm so glad you love these trees as much as I do and that you enjoyed this article! When i got back to Michigan today, i looked up this tree and came to your site. I do love the big ones I have though! Every state and most counties have one. ... A close relative of the fiddle leaf fig tree, rubber plant (Ficus elastica) can have deep green, burgundy, or even white-striped leaves. I just recently discovered the Mimosa as I moved to upstate SC. Each tree grows to this height at different rates, based on soil nutrients and moisture availability. The azalea is one of the gems of spring, which is the season when it is in bloom. Its root systems can lift and crack concrete. Definitely helped with where I can put it. Question: One of my trees is losing it's leaves and oozing a clear liquid. Do they need to be raked up? Joe Fain, thank you for sharing your thoughts. Thank you for taking the time . Apache Rose, thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with mimosa trees. They are so beautiful and smell so fantastic! It is hardy in USDA zones 6 through 9 and reaches up to 15 feet tall. They're impossible to kill! If they were in a bad location where I didn't want them to grow I just mowed them down along with the grass every couple of days. :). Chaenostoma cordatum. They are easy to grow in the moderate to warm climates. Not only recover but quickly. It's tiny threadlike leaves form feathery dark green sprays, resembling fern fronds. I have always admire of it's tropical looks like beauty. I suggest you save time by calling first, to determine which of their departments deals with trees. Rake them up and dispose of them, or plant them and have more beautiful mimosas. It blooms with large rosettes that pop out among green, glossy leaves. A bagger lawn mower can make the job of picking up the seed pods easier as you can do it at the same time you're cutting your grass. Thank you again for sharing your memories and experiences with the mimosa tree. They will crack any concrete you have surrounding it and drop blossoms and leaves etc. I recommend you contact your country extension service agent who has free information relating to all plants and trees common (and not so common) to your area. Thank you again for taking time to comment! The trees are not dangerous and the seedpods last for only a short while. You may end up with many more trees than you wanted. The mimosa tree, sometimes called the Persian silk tree, is a legume that can help enrich the soil where it grows. The flowers are anywhere from pale to deep pink and form in clusters that look like fine silk threads. Be mindful of mimosa seeds. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 22, 2018: Rachel, thank you for taking time to comment. I'm so glad you got to see this beautiful tree. I have seen kudzu and mimosas aren't anything like it. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 29, 2018: Betty, thank you for stopping by. It's always sad (IMO) because the trees lost are usually huge and several years old. Tamarix tetrandra are deciduous shrubs or small trees of feathery effect, with minute leaves and racemes of very small pink or white flowers in spring, summer or early autumn T. tetrandra is a lax, medium-sized deciduous shrub with arching, almost black branches, minute green scale-like leaves and large plumes of light pink flowers in late spring In summer, these leaves darken to a rich burgundy, before maturing to a stunning mix of gold, orange, scarlet and crimson in autumn. Question: Are mimosas trees strong enough for a Toddler swing? You can find your extension office by Googling it. The leaves on locust trees are feather-like and pinnately shaped and measure 6” to 14” (15 – 36 cm). I searched repeatedly to buy mimosas when I replanted one of my front yard beds, then decided on dessert willows based on their drought tolerance and lovely blooms. Your tax dollars pay their salaries, etc., so take advantage of their expertise. The Almond Tree. Thanks for letting us know! In the fall, the green leaves turn to a stunning bright yellow color. Here in North Texas they are highly desirable because they are not native. Nichole, thank you for commenting. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 14, 2019: Jay from Portland, thank you for commenting and sharing your experience with your mimosa tree. Voted up and across and will share. For that reason I am including information about mimosa strigillosa, also called powderpuff mimosa (because of its soft flowers) or sunshine mimosa (it prefers full sun but can do quite well in shade). I'm so glad you're enjoying your tree and chimes together. It grew 1 trunk about 20 foot long. Larry in Gowdy, Indiana on August 15, 2017: I live in southeast central Indiana and have had Mimosa tree (we call them Formosa) in my yard for the past 50 years. I have about 200 mymosa trees growing in my yard from the pods that drop onto the ground. Magnolia have large, glossy green leaves with rust-colored hairs on the under-surface. If so, are there any rules or directions to get a good start? My brother and I were the "yard help," and I do not recall ever having significant pest problems or any volunteers sprouting up, either. The seedpods are poisonous and the seeds within even more so, to humans and animals alike. Dense clumps of mimosa trees. Keep that up until you have the plant (mimosa tree) thriving and then put it into its final pot. Answer: Trim it like any other tree, lopping off branches that hang too low, shortening branches that you consider too long. The new trees may not do as well in other parts of the country due to climate or soil. Good luck! I love the leaves, and flowers, but I did not know the seeds are poisonous. Getting them to grow isn't hard. Unlobed and smooth (no teeth). Never allow children or anyone to put them in their mouths, nor your pets either. This indeed is the mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin), and it is known as an invasive species over much of the Southern US. This shrub is a broad leaf evergreen, which has deep green glossy leaves. Good luck with the mimosa project! I'm wondering what has happened to them. I recommend you consult your county agricultural extension service. I don't think I brought out the fact that they tend to be weak trees, and that can be important when deciding where to put them. Question: How long does the mimosa tree produce these seed pods? It grows to 50 feet tall by 30 feet wide. Its genus name honors Filippo degli Albizzia, an 18th-century Italian naturalist, who introduced the genus to Italy in 1749. I'm so glad this article has been useful for you and that you enjoyed it. As I have said, they grow easily and fast, and recover from most things very well. Sometimes, additional plant identifiers, such as bark color and texture, are helpful, too. :). They may be able to recommend a particular treatment or type of grass that will resolve the problem. Yes, during certain seasons the mimosa can be a little messy, but there are lots of trees that are even messier. Hardy in USDA zones 5 through 9, the tree blooms in spring and grows 20 to 30 feet tall with a nearly equal spread. It's free and s/he will know everything about the trees/bushes/plants that grow in your area and how to discourage or encourage them, depending on your desire. Albizias are generally slow-growing trees, eventually reaching a height of 3m-4m and a similar spread. The Sugar Tip cultivar (zones 5 to 9, 8 to 12 feet tall x 4 to 6 feet wide) is one kind with pink flowers; it also offers two-toned leaves. It's important to understand the difficulties these trees can pose before you grow one. Their service is paid for by tax dollars and usually free to the citizens in the county where they're located. No one is planting trees to annoy this neighbor and I haven't commented on his fricken burmuda grass taking over my lawn. I have listed my sources for the information herein at the bottom of the section labeled Mimosa Strigillosa . Flower: Reddish purple in bud, rosy-pink when open The profuse flowers that bloom in April or May before the leaves develop make this a spring favorite. I've lived with mimosa trees for 28 years and I have never known them to be invasive. It was always a fairly common part of spring here, but now it seems to have disappeared. Weed killers do more than just kill weeds -- at least in my experience, and they end up in the storm drains and next they're on your dining room table. And the service is already paid for by your tax dollars, so give them a call or stop in for a visit. then you have the stems coming back up. 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