Common Name: Persian Silk Tree, Pink Silk Tree
Origin: Near East
Height at maturity: 6 meters
Plant type: tree
Flowering: April to September
Flower color: pink
Soil type: ordinary, well-draining
Watering: normal to dry
Use: in the garden, isolated
Diseases and pests: resistant to diseases, spiders, greenhouse whiteflies
Storage of seeds: 5 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
The albizia julibrissin is grown for its attractive, original pink flowers producing pink and white silks. Fragrant and nectariferous, they attract butterflies and bees. They are gathered in panicles at the end of the branches and appear from late spring to late summer.
The leaves of this tree are 20 to 45 centimeters long and 12 to 25 centimeters wide. Bipinnate, they have the additional characteristic of retracting for the night, just like the foliage of mimosas. The fruit is flat 10 to 20cm long and contains the seeds.
The silk tree is a large shrub with a rounded crown, its bark is gray-green in color and becomes scratched as it ages.
Albizia grows easily in the wild and is widely used as an ornamental plant due to its beautiful flowering and spreading habit.
Apart from the type species, we also market the Rosea variety, a variety resulting from seed producing redder flowers.