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This tree has attractive fragrant pom-pom- like flowers, and interesting fern-like foliage. In gardens this fast growing tree grows to 20-30 ft. It has a single trunk with smooth, gray bark. Each bi-pinnate leaf is made up of hundreds of tiny leaflets coated in white hairs, giving the foliage a silvery cast. In late winter or spring, the domed crown is decked in sprays of small, globular, off-white to baby-pink flower heads. Prefers a rich, light, well drained soil. The flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds.
Albizia lebbeck, Mimosa lebbeck is a fast-growing tree, that is susceptible to wind damage. A moderate to large, deciduous tree can grow up to 100 feet high in rain forests. The tree develops a straight trunk when it is grown in dense forests, but is spreading and low branching in the open. Unless trimmed frequently, the trees will annually produce an abundance of seed from papery pods about 8" long and 1" wide (author). Common names such as "woman's tongue" and "rattle pod" derive from the noise of pods shaking in the wind. The foliage is pale green when young and gray-green at maturity. Flowers are cream colored, hemispheric pom-poms. Seeds germinate well without scarification.
The tree is used as a folk remedy for many ailments. Another common use is as an avenue tree, and sometimes it is used to shade coffee and tea. Saponins and tannins in the bark can be used for making soap and in tanning, respectively. Bee keepers like the species for the light-colored honey its nectar provides, and the tree hosts the lac insect.
Albizia is a genus of about 150 species of mostly fast-growing subtropical and tropical trees and shrubs. The genus is pantropical, occurring in Asia, Africa, Madagascar, America and Australia, but mostly in the Old World tropics.
It is an attractive small tree to about 8m, very fast growing, especially in coastal areas, with long (up to 20 cm) bipinnate leaves. The greenish yellow flowers appear in early June and flowering continues through the winter months and into September. These are followed by dark seed pods up to 10 cm in length. The tree flowers from an early age and because of its quick growing habit makes good cover for other species.
Stunning shade tree with large, dome-shaped canopy - symmetrical crown. Pink powderpuff flowers. The pods have a sweet, sticky brown pulp, and are fed to cattle in Central America. It is native to the mainland neotropics, from Mexico south to Peru and Brazil, but has been widely introduced to the Pacific islands, including Hawaii. The attractive wood is crafted into platters and bowls that are commonly marketed in Hawaii.