Mimosa or Silk tree info?

carob(z6 Utah)May 11, 2006

One of my favorite trees is the mimosa or silk tree (Albizia julibrissin)..a popular tree in warmer climates. But I have been told that they actually can be grown in a zone 6 climate and I have seen a few mature ones in the Salt Lake area. Is there anyone out there who has had experience growing these trees? I'm thinking about planting one or two on the south side of my house.

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davealju(z5ME)

Hi, You should get the hardier variety, 'eh wilson' mimosa tree. It sounds like you have the right idea planting them on the south side of the house. There's not too much to do really, just plant and water until they get established. Btw, I know that Forest Farm carries the hardier variety. Good luck.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2006 at 9:43AM
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shudavies(Zone 6a, CO)

The Sunset western gardening book mentions one called 'rosea' that might be hardier too - plus it has darker pink flowers. My local nursery is trying to get that one for me. There are several that have been around here for a long time so I'm pretty confident about growing one as well.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2006 at 6:58PM
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carob(z6 Utah)

Thank you both for the info. They are hard to find and people at the nurserys don't seem to know much about them. I'll look for those varieties you've mentioned.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2006 at 11:02PM
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carob(z6 Utah)

Thank you both for the info. They are hard to find and people at the nurserys don't seem to know much about them. I'll look for those varieties you've mentioned.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2006 at 11:04PM
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ABQ_Bob(USDA 5a/SS 2A)

If you're interested, I've got a couple of these in my yard and it produces LOTS of seed pods. I can send a bunch of seeds for you to try and germinate if you'd like... I also get lots of volunteers in the yard too - one sprouted a about 3 years ago next to the garage in my North side yard where there's NO supplemental water and little direct sun and it's 15ft tall now. They grow very fast from seed.

My "main" tree is on the south side of my house and gets full sun and some supplemental water (not much). It has been there since I've owned the house (7 years or so) and it has a great umbrella canopy about 20-25ft tall. It's just about to start blooming, the hummingbirds love it!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2006 at 5:01PM
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