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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Texture on Tuesday - Mimosa Tree




The mimosa or Persian silk tree.  Lovely, no doubt, but I'm afraid it is considered an invasive weed here in the deep South.  They are gorgeous when they're in full bloom as they are now, and they are attractive to bees and hummingbirds, so we have to take the good with the bad.  For now we will enjoy their feathery soft fronds and their beautiful, silky pink powder pouf blossoms and try our best not to think about what happens in the fall when they turn brown and ugly and drop seeds from what seems like millions of clusters of brown seed pods.  No. We won't think about that.

6 comments:

Mary Ann said...

Very pretty though:)

Winnie said...

As kids, my siblings and I called them "monkey trees" because we felt like monkeys swinging from limb to limb. Thanks for the childhood memory :)

Meg said...

We also have one in our yard. They are not an invasive pest here, although they do grow fast and pop up everywhere so it is only a matter of time before they are an declared undesirable introduced species I guess. I love their feathery scented flowers in summer. At the moment ours is bare with only a few dried seed pods rattling in the winter wind, but the fantails and other birds are enjoying it as a perch. It is the only tall tree left on our land as we slowly kick the yard into shape.

Valerianna said...

I remember an incredible scent from my neighbor's tree years ago... not invasive up here, hardly see them.

margaret said...

that is a tree and a half with those beautiful powder puff flowers. Can see why you do not want to get rid of it but afraid there will be many more next year! maybe thinning them out a bit is the answer or they will take over your woods completely. Reading other comments I see they also ave a lovely scent.

Jules Woolford said...

Well - when you have 'weeds' in the South you certainly have weeds! It's beautiful - but I can completely understand the concern at their rapid spread.