Silk Tree Albizia julibrissin (Persian silk tree or mimosa)
Deciduous tropical tree with luxuriant feathery foliage. Likes warm climate. Filtered sun. Well drained, moist soil. Avoid drying out or keeping soggy. Deer proof (once it gets large. They do nibble the new shoots so this poor little tree has had a 9 year struggle to get this large.)
Bark: dark greenish grey in colour and striped vertically as it gets older.
Flowers: Creamy-white to deep pink puffy blooms with long, silky stamens, sweet-scented throughout the summer.
Leaves: divided into 6–12 pairs of pinnae, each with 20–30 pairs of leaflets; the leaflets are oblong leaves that slowly close during the night and during periods of rain, the leaflets bowing down-ward
The seeds are used as food for livestock and by wildlife.
The flowers are a good nectar source for honeybees, hummingbirds and butterflies.
Found to possess antidepressant-like effects in mice.
Traditional Chinese medicine used to nourish the heart and calm the spirit.
Means: “sleeping tree”