Albizia julibrissin ( Mimosa, Silktree or Powderpuff Tree )

Pronunciation key

( mi-mōsə )
( mi-mōzə )



[Mod. L. < mimus see MIME. Perhaps named so for apparent mimicry of animal life.].

Classified as part of the pea family which includes a large group of trees, shrubs and herbs and grows in warm regions. Usually it has bipinnate leaves and spikes of small white, yellow or pink flowers.

According to The Trees of North America, Alan Mitchell and David Moore ©1987

The silk tree, Albizia julibrissin or mimosa, is of origin in southern Asiatic regions. It has proven popular in small roadside gardens where the winters are not too severe. They are common from Long Island, New York but a little beyond is the limit for good growth. Coastal Plain, Texas and north into Missouri and Illinois in the east, and north to Seattle, Washington in the west, but less often as far north as Oregon. The form "Rosea" is the usual form.
They are often pruned back hard to stumped main branches or to the trunk, annually. The bark is dark gray-green in late summer then yellow and sometimes orange. The flowers have have the scent of sweet hay and bloom throughout the summer.

Mimosa, Albizia julibrissin
Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom Plantae – Vegetal, plants
Subkingdom Viridaeplantae – green plants
Infrakingdom Streptophyta – land plants
Division Tracheophyta – vascular plants
Subdivision Spermatophytina – spermatophytes, seed plants
Infradivision Angiospermae – flowering plants, angiosperms
Class Magnoliopsida
Superorder Rosanae
Order Fabales
Family Fabaceae – peas, legumes
Genus Albizia Durazz.
Species Albizia julibrissin Durazz. – silktree, powderpuff tree, mimosa, silk tree
Mimosa, Albizia julibrissin
Mimosa, Albizia julibrissin
The leaf.

References and Further Reading

  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • The Trees of North America, Alan Mitchell and David Moore ©1987
  • Order, Fabales, Family, Fabaceae
  • Fabacea
  • Albizia julibrissin, Durazz., Taxonomic Serial No.: 26449
  • Mimosa Tree Albizia julibrissin
  • Albizia julibrissin: Mimosa, University of Florida
  • Madison's Flowers, Mimosa
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