This small, deciduous tree, native from the Kaspian Sea to eastern Asia divides gardeners into those who love it for its fast and easy growth, ferny foliage and its profuse displayof dainty white and pink flowers. It is suitable for most temperate climates in USDA Zones 7 to 10. This tree thrives in Europe but is not oftern seen in the UK. It would make a wonderful specimen tree in any UK garden.
A. julibrissin is a small deciduous tree growing to 5–16 m (16–52 ft) tall, with a broad crown of level or arching branches. The bark is dark greenish grey in colour and striped vertically as it gets older. The leaves are bipinnate, 20–45 cm (7.9–17.7 in) long and 12–25 cm (4.7–9.8 in) broad, divided into 6–12 pairs of pinnae, each with 20–30 pairs of leaflets; the leaflets are oblong, 1–1.5 cm (0.39–0.59 in) long and 2–4 cm (0.79–1.57 in) broad. The flowers are produced throughout the summer in dense inflorescences, the individual flowers with small calyx and corolla (except the central ones), and a tight cluster of stamens 2–3 cm long, white or pink with a white base, looking like silky threads. They have been observed to be attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The fruit is a flat brown pod 10–20 cm (3.9–7.9 in) long and 2–2.5 cm (0.79–0.98 in) broad, containing several seeds inside.
Its leaves slowly close during the night and during periods of rain, the leaflets bowing downward; thus its modern Persian name shabkhosb means "night sleeper" (from shab "night" and -khosb "sleeper"). In Japan its common names are nemunoki, nemurinoki and nenenoki which all mean "sleeping tree".
Come in packs of 10 fresh seeds
Full germination and growing instructions included.
Albizia julibrissin - Persian Silk Tree
- Product Code: Albizia julibrissin - Persian Silk Tree
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