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Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa; Powderpuff tree; Silk tree; Silky acacia; mimosa tree; silktree; Silktree Albizia; Pink Siris; Acacia-de-Constantinopola)

Language: Armenian; Azerbaijani; Georgian; Russian

Wikipedia Abstract

Albizia julibrissin (Persian silk tree, pink silk tree) is a species of tree in the family Fabaceae, native to southwestern and eastern Asia. The genus is named after the Italian nobleman Filippo degli Albizzi, who introduced it to Europe in the mid-18th century, and it is sometimes incorrectly spelled Albizzia. The specific epithet julibrissin is a corruption of the Persian word gul-i abrisham (گل ابریشم) which means "silk flower" (from gul گل "flower" + abrisham ابریشم "silk").
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Invasive Species

Albizia julibrissin is commonly used as an ornamental tree because of its appealing fragrance, showy flowers and low maintenance requirement. It has escaped from the urban landscape and competes with native plants in disturbed habitats and occasionally in forested areas. Typical disturbed habitat may include roadsides, vacant lots and riparian areas. Albizia julibrissin prefers full sunlight but is salt and drought tolerant and can thrive in a wide range of soil types.
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Air Quality Improvement [1]  None
Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-High
Carbon Capture [1]  Low
Screening - Summer [2]  Porous
Screening - Winter [2]  Porous
Shade Percentage [1]  83 %
Temperature Reduction [1]  Medium-Low
Wind Reduction [1]  Medium-Low
Bloom Period [2]  Mid Summer
Drought Tolerance [2]  Medium
Edible [3]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Fire Tolerance [2]  Medium
Flower Type [3]  Hermaphrodite
Frost Free Days [2]  6 months 20 days
Fruit/Seed Abundance [2]  High
Fruit/Seed Begin [2]  Summer
Fruit/Seed End [2]  Fall
Growth Form [2]  Single Stem
Growth Period [2]  Spring, Summer
Growth Rate [2]  Rapid
Leaf Type [3]  Deciduous
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Propagation [2]  Bare Root, Container, Seed
Root Depth [2]  30 inches (76 cm)
Seed Spread Rate [2]  Moderate
Seed Vigor [2]  High
Seeds Per [2]  11000 / lb (24251 / kg)
Shape/Orientation [2]  Erect
Structure [3]  Tree
Usage [3]  A gummy extract of the plant is used as a plaster; No more details are given. Wood - dense, hard, strong, takes a good polish. Used for furniture, industrial applications, firewood etc;
Vegetative Spread Rate [2]  None
Flower Color [2]  White
Foliage Color [2]  White-Gray
Fruit Color [2]  Brown
Flower Conspicuous [2]  Yes
Fruit Conspicuous [2]  Yes
Height [3]  39 feet (12 m)
Width [3]  33 feet (10 m)
Hardiness Zone Minimum [1]  USDA Zone: 7 Low Temperature: 0 F° (-17.8 C°) → 10 F° (-12.2 C°)
Hardiness Zone Maximum [1]  USDA Zone: 9 Low Temperature: 20 F° (-6.7 C°) → 30 F° (-1.1 C°)
Light Preference [2]  Full Sun
Soil Acidity [2]  Moderate Acid
Soil Fertility [2]  Infertile
Water Use [1]  Moderate
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Protected Areas


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Svalbard Global Seed Vault


Afghanistan (introduced); Argentina (introduced); Armenia (introduced); Azerbaijan (native); Bangladesh (native); Bhutan (native); Brazil (introduced); China (native); Cyprus (introduced); Gruzia (introduced); India (native); India-ISO (native); Indonesia-ISO (introduced); Iran (native); Iraq (introduced); Italy (introduced); Jamaica (introduced); Japan (native); Jawa (native); Korea (native); Mauritius (introduced); Moldova (introduced); Myanmar (native); Nepal (native); New Zealand(North) (introduced); New Zealand(South) (introduced); Pakistan (native); Peru (introduced); Russia in Asia (introduced); Tadzhikistan (introduced); Taiwan (native); Turkey in Asia (uncertain); Turkmenistan (introduced); Ukraine (introduced); United States (introduced); Uruguay (introduced); Uzbekistan (introduced);

External References

USDA Plant Profile



Attributes / relations provided by
1i-Tree Species v. 4.0, developed by the USDA Forest Service's Northern Research Station and SUNY-ESF using the Horticopia, Inc. plant database.
2USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
3Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
6New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Plant-SyNZ™ database
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