The Mimosa Tree
Blossoms from Mimosa Tree
Albizia Julibrissin - Our Southern Mimosa Tree
The beautiful Southern Mimosa Tree was probably the first tree that I knew by name. It was a very important tree during my childhood because this was the tree where our tire swing hung. I would spend hours swinging and thinking in that swing or climbing up in it's branches. It seems that I spent most of my childhood either up in that tree or playing with Maypops under it.Years later, when I went to Jacksonville State University and studied Botany, I learned much more about it and learned to appreciate this beautiful tree in a whole new light. It was also the name of our yearbook. Of course, all of us who studied Botany called it our "Albizia Julibrissin" instead of just Mimosa.We have several Mimosa Trees in our back yard and I am enjoying them very much. I look forward to the summer when the Hummingbirds find the blossoms. I am sure they enjoy the Mimosa Tree as much as I do. I can stare into one place and just wait for them to arrive. Not everyone likes the Mimosa Tree. Some people pull them up as soon as they see them in their yards while others treat them with tender loving care.Photo Credit: Mimosa Tree Picture by Nancy Hellams aka OhMe made in her yard.
The pod of the Mimosa is poisonous to some pets. Some people feel that it is not a safe plant for humans but I could not find definite proof of that. To be safe, use caution.
Our Mimosa Tree - Look closely at the whole video and you will see a surprise visitor
Sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time and that is how I felt when this beautiful Swallowtail butterfly flew into view. I am so glad this happened when I had my camera on.
We sure enjoy our Mimosa Trees and so do the butterflies and hummingbirds.
Look At The Delicate Mimosa Blossom - The blossom of the "Silk Tree" or "Sleeping Tree"
The Mimosa is sometimes referred to as a "Silk Tree". The blossoms do remind me of threads of silk.It is also called the "sleeping tree" because the leaves fold up at night. The seed pods are fun to play with and pretend they are beans (the pods are poisonous to animals so don't let your pets near them).Photo by Nancy Hellams aka OhMe
Order your own Mimosa Tree seeds here
I hope you enjoy your Mimosa Tree as much as we do ours.
Now, you can plant your own Mimosa Tree. Once you get it started, you will have plenty of seeds of your own. Be sure to read all about this tree first because a lot of people consider them "junk" trees.
What is a Mimosa Tree?
Read more about the Mimosa Tree on Wikipedia - Albizia_julibrissin
The Leaf Of The Mimosa Tree - Look at all the shades of green in this Mimosa Tree! It looks Tropical, doesn't it?
Our Mimosas are around the pool and make me feel like I am deep in a jungle or somewhere in the tropics. Of course, they do make a mess and my hubby will probably get a strong urge to cut them down one day but until then I am going to enjoy them.Mimosa Trees are not typically used for landscaping because they don't live as long as most trees. The Mimosa Tree usually does not live more than 50 years. I love to look at all the shades of green in the leaves. Sometimes I just sit and stare for long periods trying to see how many different shades I can find.Photo by Nancy Hellams aka OhMe
Do You Have A Mimosa Tree?
What do you think of the Mimosa? - Let me hear from you, please!
Some people pull them up as soon as they see them in their yards while others treat them with tender loving care.
What do you think of the Mimosa Tree?
The Mimosa Tree has Seed Pods - The Seed Pods protect the seeds and stay on the tree through winter
The Mimosa Tree can be very invasive and the new plants started from these seeds need to be pulled up and discarded. Remember that Mimosa Trees do not live long so you might want to keep some of these seedlings in pots for future plantings.The Seed Pods usually begin to form in July after the Mimosa Tree has bloomed and will stay on the tree through the winter. Mimosa Trees do not do well in areas with harsh winters.Warning: The Pods are poisonous to Animals so keep your pets away from them. From all I have read, there is not definite proof that they are poisonous to humans but to be on the safe side, be sure to use caution when handling the pods.Photo: Our Mimosa Tree filled with seed pods
The Seed Pods of the Mimosa Tree will dry over winter and thousands of seeds will find their way to the ground - Unless you want many, many more Mimosa Trees cl
The seed pods and spent flowers of the Mimosa can be very messy. Since ours is near our Swimming Pool, we often find our skimmer full of them.
Interesting Mimosa Video by Enocitizen - Video found on YouTube
Our Mimosa Tree is full of blooms - This Mimosa Tree is about 25 feet tall
We have some smaller ones in bloom but this is the largest of our Mimosa Trees. I really enjoy looking at this beautiful Mimosa Tree. We had an awful flood this past summer and it did a lot of damage to our pool, under our house and in the yard. We had to fill the pool up with dirt which meant large vehicles needed access to it. One man who was going to give us an estimated cost for doing the work said that he would have to cut down our Mimosa Trees. I told him that they were not to be cut down. He said "It is just a Junk Tree so why in the world would you care". Of course, I told him that I cared because I liked them and they were not be cut down.
The Mimosa Cocktail
A Southern Treat
Some Southern ladies occasionally enjoy a Mimosa Cocktail which is Champagne and Orange Juice. It looks very pretty to garnish with an orange slice. I have been to many a party that had a fountain of flowing Mimosas. There is something wonderful about placing your Champagne Flute in the fountain and watching this delicious mixture as it fills your glass.Ahhh.....I had to set the stage for this picture so have my glass of orange juice and a bottle of Champagne. Should I go ahead and make myself a Mimosa?Won't you join me?