Mimosa trees will enhance your landscape

Mimosa trees will enhance your landscape
Mimosa trees will enhance your landscape
Mimosa trees will enhance your landscape: First of all,  mimosa is a deciduous, small to medium-sized tree.
It can grow 20 to 40 feet tall.  This is an awesome tree to plant to provide shade for a terrace or patio.
It can also be used as a specimen plant for a front lawn.  Keep it far from the house,  though.

In addition,  it is a member of the legume (Fabaceae) plant family.
The bark is light brown and smooth while young stems are lime green in color.
Mimosa is also known as sensitive plant, humble plant, touch-me-not, sleeping grass and shameful plant.

Preparing seeds:
Prepare the mimosa seeds for sowing after the last spring frost.   Rub the end of each seed with a nail file until a small, pale spot appears on the hull. Soak them in hot water for 24 hours before sowing.
Be prepared to live with the few problems this tree may cause.
Fruit and twigs cause a litter problem. The bark is thin and can be damaged by being hit with a lawnmower.
The litter problem and the drooping habit of the branches make the tree a bad choice near sidewalks.

The tree’s roots grow close to the surface and get under sidewalks, lifting them up.
Mimosa (vascular) wilt is a fatal, contagious disease.
There is a disease-resistant variety of the tree available, though.  Make sure you choose this one.

Cottony cushion scale, mites and the mimosa web worm attack the tree.
The tree is considered an invasive species in watershed areas.

It is a large group with more than 16,000 members. The tree is high-maintenance and not for everyone.
But the gardeners who are willing and able to give the tree the time and attention it needs are rewarded with a spectacular flower show.

The mimosa tree is also known as the silk tree.   It has lacy, delicate, fern-like, compound leaves,
which grow up to 20 inches long and are made up of leaflets that measure under 2 inches long.

With fragrant, silky, pink, 2-inch-wide pompom flowers.
The flowers are a favorite nectar source for bees. These are then followed by brown, hard fruits from 3 to 6 inches long.
There are different varieties of the original tree. Alba is a variety with white flowers,
Rosea (Ernest Wilson) is a hardier version which has bright pink flowers and only grows from 10 to 15 feet tall.


Plant the tree in full sun and a moist, well-drained soil. Partial shade is an option, but the tree performs best in full sun. The tree is drought and salt tolerant.

 Mimosa trees will enhance your landscape

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