Mimosa

Albizia julibrissin

non-native


Other Names:
Silk Tree, Persian Silk Tree, Pink Siris, Bastard Tamarind, Lenkorian Acacia


The Mimosa is a non-native tree from Iran and a section of Asia from Azerbaijan to China and Korea. It was introduced to Europe in the 1700s and later to North America, where it is considered invasive in some states. It used to be included in the genus Mimosa, but now is not thought to be closely related; it is more closely related to the acacias. The cocktail called the mimosa is thought to have been invented around 1925 in Paris. It is made with champagne and orange juice, and the name probably came from the yellow flowers of a different tree called the mimosa (Acacia dealbata).

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Ranges

North America Virginia

Mimosa Tree
The typical graceful arching shape of a Mimosa Tree

Mimosa leaves
The feathery leaves of a Mimosa Tree

Mimosa seedling
A very small Mimosa seedling

Black Locust seedling
For comparison, this is a Black Locust seedling. At a glance, they could be confused, but if you pay attention, you'll see the difference in leaflet shapes.

Pink Mimosa flowers
The branch of a Mimosa Tree in bloom

Pink Mimosa flowers
A closeup shows that it is actually a cluster of flowers.

Pink Mimosa flowers
On this branch you can see the clustered buds of upcoming flowers.

Bean-like Mimosa seedpods
These seedpods form later in the year, showing that the tree is in the pea family.

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