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Mimosa stamens

Pink, perfumed...and invasive! A mimosa tree blooms in June.


East Decatur Greenway

Decatur, Georgia.

1 June 2019



▶ "Albizia julibrissin is known by a wide variety of common names, such as Persian silk tree or pink siris. It is also called Lenkoran acacia or bastard tamarind, though it is not too closely related to either genus. The species is usually called 'silk tree' or 'mimosa' in the United States.


Its leaves slowly close during the night and during periods of rain, the leaflets bowing downward; thus its modern Persian name shabkhosb, means 'night sleeper.' In Japan its common names are nemunoki, nemurinoki, and nenenoki which all mean 'sleeping tree.' "



▶ "Originally brought to the U.S. as an ornamental tree, it has escaped gardens and has pushed its way into natural areas that should be preserved for native plants. With its ability to reproduce vigorously and with only one natural enemy to keep it in check (Fusarium wilt), it has spread unchecked across the South. It is considered a non-native invasive weed."

Walter Reeves: Georgia Gardener.



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Taken on June 1, 2019