Albizia julibrissin


Mimosa – Albizia julibrissin

You probably remember this tree as a child.  And you see it now along roadsides.  The blooms are pretty and you think “what a nice tree”.  Don’t be fooled and don’t plant this tree!   In fact, help get rid of it just as you would kudzu or privet.   It is considered a non-native invasive weed by the following organizations:

Mimosa invades any type of disturbed habitat.   It is commonly found in old fields, stream banks, and roadsides.  Once established, mimosa is difficult to remove due to the long lived seeds and its ability to re-sprout vigorously.  Albizia julibrissin is native to Asia and was first introduced into the U.S. in 1745.  [2]

It’s a shame because the sweet-scented flowers are a good nectar source for honeybees and butterflies. And when it’s in bloom, it’s an attractive tree.

There are several Mimosa trees on the Nature Trail near the Burke Road Entrance.  It’s a sure bet that they will be removed once work has begun on the landscape plantings on the trail.

References and Additional Information

[1]  Wikipedia: Albizia julibrissin
[2]  Invasive.org – Mimosa