Growing Mimosa Trees

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Mimosa trees, also known as silk trees, originated in China. They grow easily in many areas and are even sometimes considered a weed. They are a medium sized tree that produces a lot of shade. This is a page about growing Mimosa trees.
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September 27, 2011

Having a mimosa tree in your yard in the south is fairly common, but there are problems. That it is easy to grow and make beautiful shade fast is a plus. However, you can't overlook that the seed pod litter can be annoying.

They like full sun to part shade and will grow in real shady places. It is considered an understory or medium high tree. It can grow as wide as 20 feet but trimming keeps it in bounds. You can't beat the pretty pink flowers.

I have found that I cannot do root cuttings from this tree, but the seeds start easily and grow fast. If you feed and water regularly, you will have a blooming tree the second year. It will only be 3 to 5 feet but will set a few blooms, even in a pot. Full sun is best.

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The leaves fall in autumn. This is the ideal time to prune if you wish to shape. When you trim keep in mind the mimosa has a flat-ish top and fans out on the sides, so keep the design for a good tree. This applies if you have a single trunk.

During dry times you will need to water. In the south, the older trees develop a problem sometimes in real dry weather and don't recover. Watering usually deters this.

In south Georgia, it is considered a pest by some, and a treasure by others, so you can try it. If you don't like it, then you pull it. It can be made into a multi-stemmed plant by radical trimming, and will last longer than a single trunk plant because new ones come up around the trunk. It doesn't send suckers off from the tree.

By gbk from South Georgia

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To choose the right tree, you have to be careful to use its proper name as mimosa is also the common name of another beautiful tree. A true mimosa does not survive temperatures as low as 23 degrees F (-5 degrees C)

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The tree called mimosa tree is in fact an Albizia. The majority of the Albizias grow in region with maximum low temperature of -10 degrees F (-23 degrees C) and they all resist dryness, but some of them survive lower temperatures like:

Caring for the Albizia is easy as you only have to plant it in a place where it will be protected from the wind and with enough space, branches can be 5 to 6 meters long. No pruning is needed.

To really appreciate its beauty and the fabulous scent of its flowers, plant it in a place where you can see it from above as the flowers only grow on the canopy of the tree and their perfume goes up in the air, from the ground level you can't smell it and you can't see the canopy covered with flowers.

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September 27, 2011

Mimosa trees are beautiful when they're blooming. I was thrilled when we moved here to find a huge one in our side yard. We live in the country, zone 7B, and they grow wild here. Be warned, they grow fast, but have weak limbs.

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Please be careful where you plant a mimosa tree. They grow really fast, and they attract ants like crazy! Either of these can make the "pretty tree" quite a pest for you, and/or your neighbors.

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March 24, 2018

I purchased 7 ft root container chocolate mimosa tee through the mail and planted it last November in Texas. There are no new signs of growth, but the trunk appears to be free when scratched with a coin.

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Is it dead? If not when will I see growth?

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March 24, 20180 found this helpful
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The Chocolate Mimosa Tree is a little different from the original mimosas but the general statement is the tree should be about 10 feet tall before it blooms.

  • That is for when it blooms but from what I have read, the leaves should start appearing sometime between late March and end of April so it may just take a couple more weeks for yours to show some signs or life.
  • Leaf Out Dates in the Midwest: Expect tree bloom in the Midwest when warmer temperatures get on a steady schedule, around mid-April.
  • It is possible your tree may have been planted too late in the winter to have had time to become safe to last over the cold winter months.
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  • I do not know how cold it got in your area but it is possible it needed protection if/when temperature fell below freezing for a long period of time.
  • Here is one site with information about your tree:
  • davesgarden.com/.../
  • If it does not show life signs soon you may want to contact your local Extension Service and ask them your questions.
  • You can find your local office from this site.
  • www.gardeningknowhow.com/.../what-is-extension-service.htm
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March 25, 20180 found this helpful
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Take a "nip" from the tree and see if it is green underneath, this will tell you if it is still alive. You should see a little growth the end of April, little shoots will start forming along the tree trunk. By the look of you photo, it would seem that it is just dormant right now.

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October 3, 2017

Why are there no pods on my tree this year?

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October 4, 20171 found this helpful
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In your question you state "this year" so do you mean it has bloomed in prior years or has your tree never bloomed?
Do you know how old your Mimosa tree may be?
How tall is your tree?

A lot of different things will determine when your tree will produce it's first pods/blooms but with proper care should continue to bloom each year after that happens.

  • In general, a mimosa will not bloom until it is approximately 10 feet tall. Each tree grows to this height at different rates, based on soil nutrients and moisture availability. Additionally, the mimosa must be old enough to have extensive branches for blossom development.
  • Blooming may be delayed on your mimosa tree if it is located improperly in your yard, regardless of its age. For example, a heavily shaded location hinders photosynthesis, so choose a location away from buildings and taller trees. Without this energy production, the tree does not have the strength to create multiple blossoms.
  • Consistently moist soil, along with full sunlight, contributes to normal summer blossoming along with a possible additional fall flower formation come November.
  • Feed your seedling with a 10-10-10 fertilizer that has been diluted in half.
  • Here is a link to the web site for more information.
  • homeguides.sfgate.com/care-mimosa-tree-22077.html
  • ThrifyFun receives a lot of questions about Mimosa Trees and here is a link with questions and answers that may help with any future problems.
  • www.thriftyfun.com/.../Growing-Mimosa-Trees.html

Mimosa trees usually grow best in USDA zone 6 - 10. You do not say where you live but if you would like to know your USDA zone you can check at this site.

planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/.../

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November 9, 2014

Does this tree need to be banded somehow so that it grows up more so than wide? Mine was planted last December in northern Arizona and is growing like a Jurassic Park type plant. I am just a little concerned about the branches growing in width rather than height. Thanks for your help.

By Nancy

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June 22, 20150 found this helpful
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My mimosa looks like yours. It was apparently a full size tree but was cut down before we moved in here. I have gradually gathered and tied it up because it is in the very small back garden of our apartment. It looks better now, more like a tree and there's room to get on to our patio! I don't know if it will ever bloom. It has been completely cut back to ground level at least twice, to my certain knowledge.

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September 16, 2014

In an area where a mimosa tree was cut down, new sprouts are growing from the old root systems.
Can I cut a short section from the root with a 24 inch sprout attached and replant it in another spot, in the fall, successfully?

By Jim

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December 7, 20170 found this helpful

Yes, you can! Many trees can be done like this.

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August 10, 2016

Can I plant a new tiny mimosa near a 15yr old mimosa that is getting sparse, but is still beautiful? I thought they would look nice near each other.

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March 4, 20170 found this helpful

Just allow enough room for growth-they require full sun, so you need at least 15 feet or more between them. It may seem like a lot of room now, but in 10 years when its grown that space will be filled in.

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July 31, 2016

I have tiny mamosa tree up against my house. I want to transplant it to another location. How do I go about doing that?

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August 27, 20160 found this helpful

Small mimosa tree I need to transplant my question is when and how in New Jersey state.

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November 14, 2015

When can I harvest my chocolate mimosa pods? I figured that if you can shake the pod and hear the seeds rattle it's OK to pick. When opened the pods have seeds of various colors and sizes due to some of them not drying out completely yet. They range from small and almost black and then from brown to green as they get larger. Will these seed's mature while being stored or should I wait on harvesting them until all the seed's are small and black? Thank you.

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October 12, 20170 found this helpful

How to harvest your chocolate pods:

  1. I have one of the coco trees going here in our garden.
  2. When the pods turn brown is the time to harvest them.
  3. You are correct that when you open the pods some of the seeds will be different colors.
  4. Basically, you will need to put these out to dry out and turn brown.
  5. As the seeds dry out in the sun, they will shrink and turn a dark color.
  6. Many people here enjoy eating the seeds when the pods are a dark yellow/orange color. The seeds are also delicious to eat like this.
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July 17, 2015

I have a sprouting tree from an already dead mimosa coming up from the roots. I've been told it died because the mimosa must be cross-polinated. Should I plant another tree nearby so this one will thrive? If so, how near can I plant it to the tree that is sprouting? If it does not require another tree nearby, please tell me.

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July 19, 20150 found this helpful

Mimosas do not need to be cross pollinated. I had a Mimosa die off this year because of all the rain. They need good drainage.

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May 5, 2015

I just recently was given seed pods from a mimosa tree from Texas. I live in New Jersey and I am not sure if it will survive the winters here. I don't know which variety of mimosa these seeds are from. I do see quite a few mimosa trees around. Can you give me some advice please?

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July 31, 20150 found this helpful

homeguides.sfgate.com/grow-mimosa-tree-seed-43173.html

This is the variety I have in OH and our trees haven't died out from winter seasons. The lime green seed pods that resemble little pea pods are on the trees now. I've always let the seeds germinate on their own and transplant from new starts. Since your state has much colder winter temps, I'd plant the seeds/starter plant on the south side and sheltered from the worse weather if possible. Just not too close to the house or other buildings. These trees sure draw the hummingbirds in blooming season. Good luck!

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May 20, 2014

I have started many mimosa plants from seeds, but after a month or so they tend to get covered in mold and die. Is this due to too much watering? I have them indoors, near a window.

By LLB

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June 10, 20170 found this helpful

Too much water attracts mold(root rot) just like any other plant/tree .. water only when 2" of soil is dry. Keep in full South/West sun. Good luck

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September 15, 2013

Do you have to feed a mimosa tree?

By Meria P. from Worthington, IN

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November 8, 20140 found this helpful

What do you feed a mimosa in northern California redding?

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July 31, 2013

A friend dug up a couple of seedlings for me and I'm wondering when would be the best time to plant them? Should I wait till the fall or will it be okay to plant them now?

By Luciana S.

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June 10, 20170 found this helpful

In my experience I always place the seedlings in a pot to "test" their longlivity. Once they start growing and are strong enough I plant them in a bucket that I previously drilled holes to allow better drainage. I will keep the tree/s in this over the winter months and transplant after the last frost. I would like to add that I do keep my seedlings in my basement by a south/west window. This allows for a cooler environment yet it is controlled by heat/air. I water less since I need it to slow down in growth. Nothing like attempting to remove a full blow flowering tree from a underground exstablishment..

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July 17, 2013

Is there anything we can do for our tree? Its bark is splitting. Will this kill the tree? Thank you.

By Marian A

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July 26, 20150 found this helpful

I would look under the bark at the wood. I came across this while researching Mimosa trees:

Watch for Wilt Disease
Verticillium wilt is a common mimosa tree disease that causes symptoms such as faded, wilted foliage, branch dieback and, occasionally, death of the entire tree. Removing bark on infected branches may showcase wet-looking dark spots. Help prevent the disease by irrigating your tree during long dry periods, as stressed trees are more likely to develop problems. Prune out dead branches, disinfecting your pruning equipment with a mixture of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water to avoiding spreading the disease. Do not plant mimosa tree in areas where verticillium wilt has been a problem in the past.

Read more : www.ehow.com/how_2096933_grow-mimosa-tree.html

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