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The Mimosa Tree

Updated on November 23, 2016

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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.

Important Warning:

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"

mimosa tree blossom
mimosa tree blossom

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

25 MIMOSA / PERSIAN SILK TREE Albizia Julibrissin Seeds
25 MIMOSA / PERSIAN SILK TREE Albizia Julibrissin Seeds

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?

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mimosa leaf

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?

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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.

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The Mimosa Tree has Seed Pods - The Seed Pods protect the seeds and stay on the tree through winter

Mimosa Tree Seed Pods
Mimosa Tree Seed Pods

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

Mimosa Tree Seed Pods
Mimosa Tree Seed Pods

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

Mimosa Tree
Mimosa Tree

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.

Mimosa Cocktail
Mimosa Cocktail

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?

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      Joan Adams 22 months ago

      I remember playing in that old mimosa tree, too!

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      I live in arid Colorado, so we do not have mimosas here. Thanks for reminding me of them.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      I've always wondered what the mimosa looked like. Now I know. You did a great job introducing this lens and talking about it.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      I had never heard of the mimosa tree before and I found this to be a fascinating and delightfully personal introduction to it. Thanks for all the great information, photos and videos and for sharing your own lovely mimosa trees with us!

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Great lens! When we lived in California we had two trees, they were yellow...messy but pretty. I never knew it was poisionous to pets.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes I do, but I didn't know in as a Mimosa tree, until I was reading your page, I call it a Silk tree and they are beautiful and also a joy to me. Possums and birds love eating the flower buds before they bloom, sad really, but I suppose they need food like us.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: I am not sure but I googled "How to Manage Pests of the Mimosa Tree" and after reading this, it sounds like to me that it may be Fall Webworms. They suggest using an insecticide and give the names of a couple. You might want to check out this article: http://voices.yahoo.com/how-manage-pests-mimosa-tr...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a mimosa tree in my back yard and the stink bugs are swarming all over it they are spinning a web on the leaves and there are little worms growing in the cacoon of web like spider web but over the whole leaf area any ideas to rid my tree of these pest?

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Having family relatives living in the South, I have always enjoyed the Mimosa tree, it flowers as well as its fragrance since I was a youngster. I have tried several times to plant them here and have lost them all. So, after having planted half a dozen or more trees I have finally given up. However, I appreciate you sharing this lens and bringing back some nice memories for the Mimosa tree. Thank You for stopping by my Memorable Rock-n-Roll Musical Concert lens and giving it a "thumbs up". I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy your visit and I'll be gald to join you with a cold glass of Mimosa. Have a Great Day!

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      I think the mimosa tree was one of the first trees that I knew the name of as a child also. One of my neighbors had one in their yard - it was the only mimosa tree in the neighborhood. I've always wanted one. I found a baby mimosa behind my garage. I am pretty sure it is a mimosa. I have it in a flower pot right now. Not really sure that I want to plant it in my yard though - because so many people told me it is such a nuisance. But they sure are pretty when in bloom.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Daniel from Southern CaliforniaI ordered a Mimosa Tree last year from a nursery in South Carolina and planted in my front yard in the Fall. Of course it dropped all of its leaves and I was worried that it might not survive for some reason. A week ago, small green buds started to appear on the bare branches and I am delighted! Can't wait to see how it looks at the end of the coming summer.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      The Mimosa tree is always special to me because it reminds me of my Grandparents house. They had a big Mimosa tree on their side yard and as a young girl I would pick the blossoms and put them in my hair. Thanks for the memories. Blessed.

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      maryLuu 5 years ago

      In our country is not growing. :-(

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your story about your Mimosa Tree.

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing a great lens and teaching my something new about mimosa trees.

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      I've heard of mimosas.. never heard of a mimosa tree.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I live in northern Kentucky and have had the joy of several "monkey trees"as I call them for years. My first tree was transplanted from the Lake Cumberland area several years ago and I have enjoyed sharing them with the hummingbirds for years.They are by far my most favorite tree. I have even shared seedlings with my neighbors and they love them just as much i do!

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      I don't have one, but have always admired those beautiful flowers! Angel blessed today!

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      I live in England so we don't have anything like this - it looks beautiful.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      I always thought they were beautiful.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Always liked the way the look in full bloom.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: I live in South Carolina. Maybe your friend has some baby plants coming up that you can transplant. Usually they spread pretty fast.

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      Albizia is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as the tree of happiness. Its bark and flowers can be used for a potent calmative. We are lucky to have one in our yard, and I tincture the flowers. The tree is beautiful enough to make you happy anyway, though!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Frischy: I live in Louisiana and the first time I laid eyes on one in the neighborhood I had to have one. I have seen a lot of them large, and look like 15 to 20 feet tall, exactly like those in the video. One of my friends got me some seeds from the tree in her yard and I am trying to get them to germinate. I hope they do. I have a great yard for growing them but don't have the money to buy the 5 to 8 year old ones. what state are you in?

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Very pretty! I grow morning glory in pots on the patio for shade, sounds like the mimosa would be another good pick :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Terrie_Schultz: Thanks for sharing this information. Yes, our Mimosa sure makes me happy

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Frischy: Well, they do grow fast and have a lot of seeds. I think they are referred to as invasive

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      I've never heard of these trees, but I love their willowy appearance and pinkish silky blossoms. I'm too high North to grow them, I think.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Someone suggested I plant mimosa trees around my patio for shade. I am considering it. Are these invasive?

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      readabooki 5 years ago

      We had one when I was growing up and I loved to look at it. Have not been able to get one to grow where I live now.m

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      ElizabethJeanAl 5 years ago

      The mimosa's are in full bloom. They're so pretty

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'd love to have a mimosa tree. They are so pretty.

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      FallenAngel 483 5 years ago

      The blossom is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      Your Mimosa Zazzle Products look terrific!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @DARdreams: Yes, they grow fast and multiply so they have to be kept under control. My husband fuses because they kill the grass with their shade so ours are kept trimmed back.

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      DARdreams 5 years ago

      I recently got interested in the mimosa tree when seeing them blooming in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. They are beautiful, but considered invasive in many places, so I probably won't plant one.

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      tomazg 5 years ago

      I've never seen a Mimosa tree before but it look nice.

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Mimosa Trees always remind me of my Grandparents. They had a large pink Mimosa tree in their side yard.

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      What a lovely tree. It looks perfect on your zazzle products.

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      norcalkitten78 lm 5 years ago

      I grew up with a mimosa tree in my front yard. I always loved that tree, from the beautiful and fragrant flowers to the leaves that fall off during the fall making it rain leaves.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have three now. I transplanted one close to the fence in my backhard and put in the interior of my yard. I love them and think they are wonderful in my landscape.

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      No, I don't have one. The lavender color is so enchanting that I wish I did.

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      Dianne Loomos 5 years ago

      I don't have a mimosa tree but I believe I've had experience with plants in the same family. My mom would let me pick out something to grow when she planted her garden. One year I chose Mimosa Pudica or Sensitive Plant. It had the same shaped leaves as your Mimosa tree and would fold up when you touched it. In flower shops where I worked we had a similar looking filler flower called mimosa or acacia. It had small yellow puffy blooms and the same kind of foliage. Beautiful!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I grew up playing under and climbing mimosa trees! Oh this brings back so many wonderful memories. I don't remember them being a problem at all but of course I was a kid. Great article! :)

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      chairmann3 5 years ago

      When i was a kid, we played under a neighbor's mimosa for the shade. I noticed quite a number of hummingbirds at the tree, interesting. Took a small sapling to my mother's yard and planted it. today the tree attracts it's own hummingbirds.Thanks

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @naturegirl7s: I know what you mean about them being a nuisance sometime. My husband gets upset because they usually kill the grass due to the shade they give off.

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      Yvonne L. B. 5 years ago from Covington, LA

      Most of the time our Mimosas are a joy, but sometimes the seedlings that pop up everywhere can be a nuisance. I love to watch the swallowtail butterflies when they cover the blossoms. Beautiful photography.

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      cocofern 5 years ago

      beautiful showy flowers.and pink in color.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I rent a a lovely beach house in New Jersey. When I first moved in 5 years ago it was obvious the Landlord was attempting to exterminate what I thought was a large nuisance weed in the back yard of the home. Going so far as to cut it down to the stump and pouring gasoline on it leaving it burn for hours. After 3 seasons of unsuccessful attempts at getting rid of this menacing growth he finally gave up. To my surprise and amazement, over the last 2 years this tree has grown over 6 feet into a gorgeous blossoming Mimosa! Each summer bringing forth lovely pink flowers and providing a cool shady place for my dog to escape to out of the sun. I can't believe the resilience of this beautiful tree!

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      As a child, I loved our one Mimosa tree because it branched so low to the ground. It was easy for me to climb, and I had a favorite limb that I would sit on and read. Thank you for a nice lens that brought back some pleasant childhood memories.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love the lens and the photos. Very interesting.

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      wcjohnston 5 years ago

      beautiful flowers, because the leaves close when I was a child we called Mimosa 'shy flower'

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      See them now and then around the area, but do not own one. Are they messy?

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      bettyspaghetti 5 years ago

      these are beautiful!

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      This brings back such memories...my mother had one growing in our yard when I was a girl, and it was so pretty, I thought of it as a joy! She brought a plant that started (so many do from the seeds!) to our new home when we moved and it grew for a long time there as well, but is gone now.

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      GaelicForge 5 years ago

      We've got three of them along the west side of our house. The flowers are quite magical. I enjoy watching them float along the breeze. The leaves emote a feeling of tropic forest and are quite interesting. I get thoroughly annoyed with the seed pods though! They blow everywhere and make huge messes! Ahh well, take the good with the bad!

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      Deb Bryan 5 years ago from Chico California

      Found this beautiful lens on the front page today <3

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      jessicahoward 5 years ago

      no i don't have but wish to have one by reading your post...and by watching video...it is amazing tree

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      brendajoy 5 years ago

      I love mimosa trees! They were my late Grandfather Luther Higginbotham's favorite tree. i always think of grandpa when i see one or even hear about one. Grear lens.

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      These are so unique!

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      Thanks for posting. Mimosa trees are gorgeous. Unfortunately, they don't grow well where I live. Wish they did, though!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      My grandmother had a huge mimosa tree in her yard that all the grandchildren loved climbing! I'd love to have one, but I don't think they do well in Denver.

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      JZinoBodyArt 5 years ago

      I love the delicate Mimosa blossoms! We have a tree in our backyard and I try to get out and sketch the flowers every year. Great lens!

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      We used to have one of these in our front yard when I was young!

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      what a beautiful tree, first time hearing about this

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      I never heard of the tree til now-it is beautiful. I am sure it would not survive in the climate here

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      outside my window ...

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      stargoldteam12 5 years ago

      love it.

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      Dana Marie 5 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      I ABSOLUTELY love the mimosa tree...by far my favorite!! Great lens!!

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      Miska29 5 years ago

      Love it! First time I heard from this. So, I know something new. :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Stopping back by this beautiful Mimosa Tree page to congratulate you for having it appear on the Front Page of Squidoo. Very deserving.

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      I became friends with the Mimosa on a farm we lived on for a few years in southeast Missouri. We had a huge older tree there. Luckily before we moved I collected a whole lot of seed pods! Now I am growing little Mimosa trees in my flower gardens and even in a pot indoors! Last year I purchased the Chocolate Mimosa tree and it's even more beautiful than the plain green! Love your lens, front page neighbor!! Blessed.

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      River_Rose 5 years ago

      We have a couple of the Mimosa Trees in our yard. I really like the blooms and the hummingbirds and butterflies love them. They make the whole yard smell so sweet! We have problems with the beetles cutting limbs and making parts of the tree die.

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      Love it! Never heard of this tree before. Thanks for sharing.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      We had one in our yard and now we have a baby one growing - They are so pretty! Nice lens :>)

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Beautiful photographs! I don't think a Mimosa would like it much where I live, but if I could have one, I would! Congratulations on the front page feature!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      It's a beautiful tree. There's one in our neighbor's yard.

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      GentlemenGogoVEVO 5 years ago

      wow i have mimosa in my dream..lovely mimosa product and lens..thank you!!

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      awakeningwellness 5 years ago

      Can you believe that I didn't know what a Mimosa tree looked like until last year! It turns out that a beautiful tree I have always loved walking by in my neighborhood is a Mimosa...I had to ask 3 people before finding out what it was! :)

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Mimosa grows north also as in Il, MI, and other states. Persian Silk Tree called in Asia. Congrads on your Squidoo Trophy. Am going for my next. Conversations helps. Thanks.

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      MGuberti 5 years ago

      Those mimosa trees look delightful.

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      The first thought that occurs to me whenever I see a Mimosa flowerIs revelation of the unknown, in a sudden burst of radiance and power.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      my grandmother use to have a mimosa tree but it kept repopulating all over so she cut it down. I have a fenced-in area that is 27feet in length, 16 feet in width and 12 feet in height. i want to put a mimosa tree in there with climbing roses on the fence. i am afraid it make dozens of others. what should i do???!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi Not sure if I have a mimosa tree or not, the powder puff flowers are exactly the same but the leaves appear to be a bit different. Mine looks more like a very large bush, it is about 8 feet tall (grew from a tiny nothing a year ago!) with very large weeping branches that span about 15 feet wide. It js certainly not large or sturdy enough to hang a swing from.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Pretty flowers!

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      vkumar05 6 years ago

      These are just beautiful. Great Lens,

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      my wife loves these trees. So I dug a small one up, and we planted it at our property at the beach. The tree as grown to about six feet. The thing that puzzles me,we have never had a bloom on the tree. Any comments on this? Thanks, paul and vicki.

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      Great lens, I love mimosa trees, they are so pretty. No, I don't have one. We had them all around the house when I was growing up.

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      Well, actually I would not call the "Albitia julibrissin" a mimosa, because of the new classification. I should not call "mimosa" neither the one we all receive as present on the 8th of March (International Womans day), because its an Acacia dealbata.... but botanists will forgive me, I hope ;)

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      I have seen these since I was a kid...loved the cute and unusual leaves...never knew what they were called...great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Mimosa trees are indeed attractive. I'm even trying to make a bonsai of a mimosa tree but it's really quite a challenge. ficus ginseng bonsai

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens of the mimosa tree! I so enjoyed the butterfly visitor in your video! Now, if they have a mimosa that blooms in yellow, I'd be buying one or two!

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      beautiful lens

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      victorianpassage 6 years ago

      No we don't have a mimosa in our yard currently. But when I was a child living in northern Florida we had one in our backyard. I didn't know it's name but I always called it the Dr.Seuss plant since the flowers looked like something out of one of his books. hehe.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We had a mimosa in our back yard when I was a kid in California. I now live in TN where they grow wild. I have two in my yard and absolutely love them. Not only do they attract hummingbirds but their bloom has the sweetest scent and they're great shade trees. What's really amazing is on a clear, sunny day a light rain will fall from these trees. Can someone explain what this is all about?

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      karitina 6 years ago

      reminds me of my childhood, and really did not the Mimosa attracts the hummingbird, Thank you for the info

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      I have a Mimosa tree at my home but I'm living with my mom now and we don't have one here. They are so beautiful. Maybe I can find a place for one here. :) Nice photos.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      I love the pretty flowers! I noticed the butterfly. That was cool! Lovely lens! I love flowers!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      first time i heard about this tree. thanks for the informative lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi. Our family too, had a Mimosa tree in the backyard of the 1st house I can remember living in as a child. Special memories of a lil swing, climbing and of course, the powder puffs :0) Behind our home now flows a creek. Occasionally we glean a plant that has traveled from upstream - a banana tree & a few years ago a Mimosa! I'd like to prune/shape the Mimosa because it is quit spindley. The top of the trunk streches upward about 6 feet before it branches out with any green. There is another appendage that grows parallel to the ground streching about 8 feet before it bears any leaves. I'm thinking ahead to grandchildren and it possibly being a good climbing tree one day :0) It has taken root beside an old mostly dead, water oak which is reduced every time we get heavy rain/wind. Glad another tree will eventually fill in where one naturally vanished from. A concern I have though is ... since Mimosas proliferate easily, are we creating a possible nusance for our well manicured backyard? Also, please instruct us on proper pruning or is it important to leave her growth pattern to God and His order of nature? Thank you all in advance for any wisdom you send our way. Blessings, P&E http://home.comcast.net/~DestinRentals DestinRentals@comcast.net