Albizia saman, Rain Tree, Gulabi Siris - Plant
Description for Albizia saman, Rain Tree, Gulabi Siris
Large, handsome and spreading, the Rain Tree is easily recognised by its umbrella like canopy of evergreen, feathery foliage and puffs of pink flowers. It is frequently planted in groups or as an avenue because of its ability to keep its symmetrical conformation in spite of prevailing winds.
It is a tree of rapid growth, brought originally from Central America to Sri Lanka and forwarded from there because it was considered to be a tree of great value for railway fuel. It often reaches a height of 27 m. and the strong, spreading branches may be nearly as long. The bark is dark grey, often bearing horizontal weals and the trunk frequently branches quite low down.
From March to May and again towards the end of the year the green canopy is dotted all over with pink and white. During the rest of the year, too, there are usually quite a few flowers to be seen. The flowers appear like round, silken tufts, but actually each flower stalk bears one central and a surrounding circlet of florets, up to twenty in number. Each has a tube-shaped calyx and a tiny, yellow-lobed, crimson trumpet; bunches of long stamens, half pink and half white, protrude from each.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Rain Tree, Coco tamarind, Acacia preta, French tamarind, Saman, Monkey pod||Pink||May||50.00 to 80.00 feet||easy to grow|
Planting and care
Water yourrain trees two to three times per week for the first three months after planting if it does not rain. The soil around the roots must be kept uniformly moist but not muddy. Give the tree 2 to 3 gallons of water each time.
|Full sun||well-drained soil||Medium||35-40 degrees F||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Albizia saman
- Root-knot nematodes can infest these trees, making them appear water-stressed if the infestation is severe. There is no treatment to rid the tree of them, but with proper, regular watering and fertilizing, with good drainage, the trees are usually vigorous enough to survive the infestation. Sterilizing pruning tools helps prevent an infestation.
Typical uses of Albizia saman
Special features: Impressive tropical shade tree. Along roads, parks and pastures. Generally considered to be an attractive landscape tree, but needs a large space. Avoid planting in areas where wilt is a problem.
Culinary use: na
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose. Its generally kep indoor in living room and in terrac area.
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