Albizia

A small tree with flowers looking like silky threads !
Common name : Albizia
Scientific name : Albizia julibrissin
Family : Fabaceae
Category : Trees
Type of plant : Perennial
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Pruning needed
Pruning needed
Minimal water
Minimal water
Albizia julibrissin - the Persian silk tree - is a species of small deciduous tree in the family Fabaceae, native to southwestern and eastern Asia, growing to 5–16 m (16–52 ft) tall, with a broad crown of level or arching branches. The bark is dark greenish grey in colour and striped vertically as it gets older, the leaves are bipinnate, and the white or pink flowers are produced throughout the summer in dense inflorescences. It is widely planted as an ornamental plant in parks and gardens, grown for its fine leaf texture, flowers and attractive horizontal canopy. There are two varieties: A. julibrissin var. julibrissin, the typical variety - considered as invasive in some locations - and A. julibrissin var. mollis. which differs in the shoots being densely hairy.

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 8a
Height 200 - 1000
pH 6 - 7

Plant my albizia

Plant your albizia away from the cold, in sandy, ordinary, neutral or limestone soil, in full sun, preferably in late autumn or winter, in unfrozen soil, during vegetative rest of the plant. Before planting, trim damaged roots, balance the root volume and the above ground volume. Plant in a hole that is at least two times bigger than the root ball, generously spraying the roots with water before planting: this will greatly improve the chances of the plant taking root, no matter the conditions. While digging the hole, separate the layers of dirt in two piles that you will put back in order. Drive a stake into the bottom of the hole to the side to provide protection from strong winds. Replace the earth starting with the bottom soil, place the tree and pay attention not to bury the root collar, which is just between the roots and the trunk. Fill the hole in and form a basin around the base, which will be used for watering the first months by tamping down the soil around the roots. Don't hesitate to use all of your body weight! Attach the trunk to the stake and water until the planting basin is full — at least two watering cans!

Water my albizia

In the first month and in case of drought, water abundantly but not too frequently, so that the roots will fetch water deeper. Water thoroughly, until the soil is full and forms a small puddle around the tree.

Prune my albizia

The trimming of the albizias is minimalist: remove the dead branches at the end of winter, and limit the number of ramifications, keeping only the most vertical branches. Cut the twigs that come back inwards and those that shave the ground outward.

Shelter my albizia

Bring your potted albizias inside before winter in the cold areas. Store them away from frost, like a cold greenhouse, a porch, or wrap them with some insulation material

Put outside my albizia

In April-May, take out your pots sheltered for the winter and place them in a sunny spot.

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