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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Mimosa in bloom

The mimosa trees are blooming right now. I think they are such pretty trees.


Blogger Dawn said...

They are very pretty indeed. Is it a type of thorn tree? Their leaves look a bit like our Acacia (thorn) trees, but I have'nt seen our variety bloom.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Dawn--no, no thorns.
Here's some info:
The Mimosa tree, Albizzia julibrissin, sometimes called Silk tree, was introduced to the United States in 1745 for use as an ornamental plant because of its unusual, attractive and fragrant pom-pom like flowers and interesting fern-like foliage.This deciduous tree is attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds. In gardens this tree grows to 20–30'.

Mimosa trees are fast-growing but rather short-lived. It has a single trunk with smooth gray bark. Each bipinnate leaf is made up of hundreds of tiny leaflets coated in white hairs, giving the foliage a silvery cast. In late winter or spring the domed crown is decked in sprays of small, globular, golden yellow flower heads. It is able to survive winter in southern U.S., but flowers better in climates with a longer, drier summer.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Nerissa said...

I love the look of mimosa trees.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Kala said...

you know, I think we have those trees!!!

4:52 AM  
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