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- Albizia julibrissin is a small tree that is 10-50 ft. (3-15.2 m) in height, often having multiple trunks.
- It has delicate-looking, bi-pinnately compound leaves that resemble ferns.
- Flowering occurs in early summer, when very showy, fragrant, pink flowers develop in groups at the ends of the branches.
- Fruit are flat, 6 in. (15.2 cm) long seed pods that develop in the late summer.
- Ecological Threat
- Albizia julibrissin invades any type of disturbed habitat. It is commonly found in old fields, stream banks, and roadsides. Once established, mimosa is difficult to remove due to the long lived seeds and its ability to re-sprout vigorously. Albizia julibrissin is native to Asia and was first introduced into the U.S. in 1745. It has been widely used as an ornamental.
- Meyer, Rachelle. 2010. Albizia julibrissin, Fire Effects Information System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory
- Identification and Biology of Nonnative Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas - Second Edition, by K.A. Langeland, et al. University of Florida-IFAS Pub SP 257. 2008.
- Global Invasive Species Database. 2011. Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of the IUCN Species Survival Commission
- Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
- University of Florida IFAS Extension
- North Carolina State University
- USDA NRCS PLANTS
- USDA ARS GRIN
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