Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin), packet of 20 seeds
Family: Legume (Fabaceae)
Hardy to Zones 6 to 9
(Silk Tree, Persian Silk Tree, Collective Happiness Bark, He-huan-pin) Native to Asia and especially the Himalayas, the silk tree is soft and comely on the landscape with the characteristic flattened profile and long-lasting display of frilly, oversize flowers. Mature height 15 to 20 feet, sometimes taller. Attracts night-pollinating hawk moths. Nitrogen fixer. Traditional usage: sedative and tonic, antidepressant, intestinal worms, subcutaneous lesions. The wood is dense and strong. Plant prefers sun and moist but well-drained soil, but will withstand drought and high winds and is quite resilient. Nick seed and drop in just-boiled water and allow to soak overnight. Plant about 1/2 inch deep and keep in bright light and warm conditions with even moisture. Germination takes about 1 week. Seedlings should be pricked into gallon pots and grown out for a year before transplanting to landscape. The tree also is quite comely if left in a pot, but in that case the tree should be moved to a larger pot after the first year. In large pots, these are elegant.
20 Seeds/pkt, Open-pollinated, Not treated, not genetically modified