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Albizia julibrissin f. rosea AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

pink silk tree

Family

Mimosaceae


Albizia can be deciduous trees, shrubs or climbers, with attractive bipinnate leaves with tiny leaflets, and flowerheads composed of many small flowers with prominent stamens

A. julibrissin f. rosea is a broad-crowned, medium-sized deciduous tree with large, mimosa-like bipinnate leaves. Fluffy rose-pink flower-heads, with prominent stamens, open in summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in full sun. Alternating mild and cold spells may damage top-growth. Saplings should flower in three years

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

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

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal or Mediterranean Climate Plants


How to care

Pruning

pruning group 1 or pruning group 13 if wall-trained

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

May be affected by wilt diseases such as Verticillium wilt