Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Tree
Perennial

Non-native: Tropical Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in disturbed areas, suburban woodlots, escaped and persistent in forests and woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council
NC Botanical Garden
NC Department of Transportation
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
SC Native Plant Society
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Bipinnately compound (evenly): 6-24 pinnae, each with 20-40 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Pink (with white bases)
5-parted calyx
5-lobed funnelform corolla
Numerous stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Albizia julibrissin   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Albizia julibrissin   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-01-001:
Albizia julibrissin   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Albizzia julibrissin

 

COMMON NAME:
Mimosa, Silktree


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_alju_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0306b_06

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Becoming a serious weed, "literally almost everywhere in the Dixie south", per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm0306h_07

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm120626_295

June    Greenville County    SC

Leaves evenly bipinnate, glandular, with 6-24 approx opposite pinnae, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm120626_299

June    Greenville County    SC

Leaflets strikingly asymmetric, 20-40 per pinna, sessile. Tree unarmed, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaflets of Mimosa-like leaves

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JK Marlow    jkm160624_087

June    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm160624_093

June    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm160624_094

June    Greenville County    SC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_albizia_julibrissin_6

June        

Stamens so prominent that close inspection necessary to see calyx & corolla, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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Ben Geer Keys    bgk46_a

June?        

Pompom-like flowers are bright pink with white bases, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.

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JK Marlow    jkm0407y_23

July    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm180731_3626

July    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm090904_001

September    Greenville County    SC

Bark gray, thin, smooth, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Paul Thompson    pstalbizzia_julibrissin

September?        

The base of the petiole is swollen. — Clemson Extension


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE bipinnately or tripinnately compound leaves of trees

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JK Marlow    jkm111016_038

October    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm111016_040

October    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Legume pods are flat with bulging seeds, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.

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JK Marlow    jkm111016_042

October    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm151105_058

November    Greenville County    SC