Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Mimosa
Albizia julibrissin
Mimosaceae

Leaves are bipinnately compound, alternate, deciduous and fern-like, with 10-35 pairs of leaflets each three-eighths to five-eighths of an inch long with a square top. Leaves fold up under the night sky. Twigs are mottled brown-gray. Bark is smooth and gray. Flowers are pink in pom-pom like clusters and very fragrant. Fruit is a yellow-brown legume, usually six inches long. Form is up to 9 m (30 ft) in height with a flat-topped and open crown. Mimosa has naturalized in the east and central U.S. and found on a variety of sites in open and disturbed areas.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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