SCIENTIFIC NAME: Albizia julibrissin
COMMON NAME(S): Mimosa, Silk tree
FAMILY: FABACEAE (LEGUMINOSAE) - Pea family
ORIGIN: Iran to China
HABITAT: Cultivated landscapes and disturbed areas
HEIGHT: To 40'
LEAVES: Alternate, bipinnate, to 10" long: feathery, usually with small glands on leaf stem
FLOWERS: Round, pincushion-like heads or spikes of numerous pinkand white flowers with many stamens
FLOWERING SEASON: Spring, summer
FRUITS: Hard brown pods to 4" long
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Pollen allergens
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Respiratory
COMMENTS: Two species grown as ornamentals, A. lebbeck (L.) Benth. (in South Florida) and A. julibrissin Durazz (throughout the Coastal Plain to Central Florida) may contribute to local pollinosis.