Scientific Name: Albizia julibrissin

Other Names: Persian silk tree

Description: The mimosa tree, sometimes called the Persian silk tree, is a legume and can help enrich the soil where it grows. The Persian name means “night sleeper,” and in Japan it is known as the sleeping tree.

Mimosa tree seedpods are extremely toxic and poisonous to all animals and children. Do not allow your children or pets to put the seedpods or the seeds into their mouths.

Fun Fact: The leaves fold up at night and during rainstorms.

Permaculture Uses: The Mimosa tree fixes nitrogen into the soil which allows it to grow in poor soils and act as a pioneer plant in addition to fertilizing surrounding plants.

Propagation: Seed, root cuttings, division of suckers

Pollination: Self fertile

Local Challenges: None noted.