Albizia Julibrissin, Pink Siris - Plant

Albizia julibrissin, Pink Siris tree provides light shade and adds a lovely burst of color amongst other deciduous or evergreen trees.

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Albizia julibrissin, Pink Siris Plant

Description for Albizia julibrissin, Pink Siris

Plant height: 30 - 46 inches (76 - 117 cm)
Plant spread:

The bark is dark greenish grey in color. The leaves are bipinnate. Each pinna is with 20 to 30 pairs of leaflets. The individual flowers are powder-puff like, with no petals but a tight cluster of stamens. They are pink with a white base, looking like silky threads.

Common name(s): Persian silk tree, Silk tree, Mimosa, Pink Siris
Flower colours: Pink
Bloom time: Summer
Max reachable height: Up to 12 m
Difficulty to grow: Easy to grow

Planting and care

Keep spacing of at least 10 feet in between 2 plants at the ground. Plant the mimosa tree in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. The tree adapts to any type of soil as long as it has good drainage. It also makes an excellent container plant. Provide a large container with plenty of loamy soil and excellent drainage for a potted plant. It spreads about 2.5-4 meters so, plant accordingly.

Sunlight: Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: Well-drained soil, Acidic
Water: Medium
Temperature: An ideal temperature is 9 to 28 degrees C. Can tolerate up to -10 and 46 degrees C.
Fertilizer: Use any balanced organic fertilizer.

Caring for Albizia julibrissin

  • Water regularly; do not overwater.
  • Remove dead, diseased, damaged parts.
  • March is the good time to prune.
  • A 2-inch layer of mulch should be applied to keep the soil moist.
  • Roots like to spread out, so it is wise not to plant this tree close to a building or any cement structure.
  • Fertilize the tree in early spring before the leaves appear.

Harvesting

NA

Typical uses of Albizia julibrissin

Special features: Attractive to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Culinary use: NA

Ornamental use: It is most often grown as an ornamental tree.

Medicinal use: The flowers and stem bark are used to make medicine. It is used for anxiety, cancer, depression, sleep problems (insomnia), and sore throat.

Note: Please consult your health expert.

References

  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Silktree%20Mimosa.html
  • http://homeguides.sfgate.com/grow-albizia-julibrissin-22083.html
  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a848
  • https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=5722