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Mimosa Trees, or "Silk Trees"

By March 22, 2007

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Of Mimosa tree (they are also called, "silk trees"), Steve Nix writes, "This fast-growing, deciduous tree has a low branching, open, spreading habit and delicate, lacy, almost fern-like foliage. Fragrant, silky, pink puffy pompom blooms, two inches in diameter, appear from late April to early July creating a spectacular sight." There's certainly enough positive there to catch one's attention! But as About's Forestry Guide relates in this article on silk trees, you'll have to weigh Mimosa trees' drawbacks against their positives before planting them.

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August 9, 2008 at 4:33 pm
(1) Amanda Johnston says:

I have dear memories of this tree however since moving to my acrea property a year ago my feelings for the Mimosa tree is turning very sour. We started out with a few trees and now they attempting to take over the entire property. One tree has already killed an apple tree and another we are fighting to save a crepe myrtle.

If people truly want this tree they can have mine, but what I really want to know is how can I permanently get rid of them.

thank you

August 10, 2008 at 9:41 am
(2) landscaping says:

You’ll probably have to either continually spray with an herbicide meant for woody plants to kill your mimosa trees, or else (if you wish to stay organic) try to dig everything out by the roots.

August 12, 2008 at 1:01 pm
(3) Mike Hickerson says:

While mimosa trees have a nice appearance, I can’t imagine ever putting them on any property I own ever again. Mimosa trees drop leaves, pods, and sticky obnoxious pink puffs almost year round, creating a huge mess and creating issues with the roof. If all you have to do every day is clean up the mess these things drop on your property, then this is the tree for you.

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