Mimosa Tree

All About The Beautiful Mimosa Tree

The mimosa tree is about the furthest thing from ordinary that you will find.  It is a gorgeous ornamental tree that will produce for you an extremely large amount of pink silky flowers starting in the end of spring and the beginning of summer.  This is a popular tree for patios since the light will filter its way through the charming, airy, open branches.

The mimosa tree was originally a native species to Asia.  It was first introduced to the United States in 1745 and became very well established from Louisiana to Virginia however it quickly became popular in California. This tree does well virtually in any North American coastal area.

The mimosa tree is a hardy one and can easily tolerate temperatures of -10 degrees and will really thrive in zones 6 through 10.  The tree does well in varied light conditions from partial shade to full sun.  The mimosa tree is a quick grower and will reach anywhere from 15 to 40 feet tall and up to 20 feet in diameter so be sure to leave this tree with plenty of growing space.

A mimosa tree grows with an open branch pattern with many fern-like leaves and will produce an abundant of fragrant, fluffy, pom-pom looking flowers from April until July.  It is important to note that the mimosa tree reproduces very fast and has been declared an invasive weed in a few locations.  They can produce a great amount of seeds that can travel by animal or bird before germinating, a long distance away from the tree. 

When choosing a location for your mimosa tree, be sure it will get at least six hours of sunlight everyday.  The soil should be rich and well drained and if your tree is in a started out in a container then any potting soil is fine.  If your mimosa tree is planted in the ground, be sure that it receives nutrients and add a couple inches of mulch around the tree.  This will also help alleviate weed growth.  Water your tree as often as needed to keep the ground moist, once it is mature this will not be necessary any longer though.  You should prune away the dying or dead branches every spring.  The tree can often become infected with a fungal disease.  Pruning it will help prevent any disease from spreading.  The mimosa tree spreads rapidly so unless you want an entire forest of them, you will need to rake up the seed pods after they drop immediately.

The mimosa tree will often die from the Fusarium Wilt.  This disease is common in New York, California, Arkansas and Louisiana.  It is caused by a fungus that clogs the tissues of the vascular system and will interfere with the sap movement.  Once the tree has been attacked, the disease moves fast and the mimosa tree will die quickly.  Since the vascular system is attacked first, you will not notice the tree is infected unless you cut a branch and look to see if there is any sign of brown streaking.  It will next begin to show signs of yellow, wilted leaves and the tree will then eventually lose all of its leaves.  The bark will also begin to crack and a whitish liquid will seep from the cracks with an unpleasant odor.  There is no way to control this disease and if it happens, you must not plant another mimosa tree in the same soil for at least two years.

This tree is expected to live roughly 10 to 20 years which is much less then other species but it is a tree that will bring you great beauty throughout its short life.  The mimosa tree with its array of pom-pom flowers will add a definite richness to anyone's landscaping and any yard would be proud to have one.



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