Fast growing, award-winning Albizia julibrissin f. rosea (Silk Tree) is a small to medium sized, deciduous tree with a flat-topped, spreading canopy of large, fern-like bipinnate, green leaves. Sensitive, the leaflets fold when touched and at night. Fluffy rose-pink, powder puff flowerheads, with prominent stamens, open in early summer and cover the tree until mid-summer. Fragrant, the blossoms are attractive to bees and butterflies. They are followed by flat bean-like seed pods, 7 in. long (17 cm), which persist into winter. A colorful and exotic-looking landscape tree that is most attractive as a multi-stemmed tree.
- Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
- Grows quickly with an open habit, up to 30 ft. tall and wide (9 m).
- A full sun lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates light shade, but best flower production is obtained in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, including poor or alkaline soils. Drought tolerant and thrives in high summer heat and humidity. Grows fast with regular water.
- Perfect for shrub borders, coastal gardens, or Mediterranean gardens.
- Deer resistant.
- Root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer. Propagate by seed: collect seeds from pea-like pods and soften their coats in very hot water, leave to cool for 24 hours and sow. After germination transplant into root trainers to avoid disturbing tap roots
- Native to Ethiopia, Iran to Japan, China