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ALBIZIA julibrissin 'Flame'

Image of Albizia julibrissin 'Flame'

Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

ALBIZIA julibrissin 'Flame'

Plant Common Name

Flame Silktree, Persian Silktree, Pink Siris, Silky Mimosa

General Description

A favorite of hummingbirds, silk tree is a multi-stemmed, spreading deciduous tree native from Iran to Japan. Its cultivar 'Flame' bears fragrant, fluffy, rose-pink flowerheads in summer and tan seed pods in fall. The ferny light green leaves emerge in late spring, and fold at night.

Silk tree thrives in most well-drained soils and flowers best in full sun. Its dome-like canopy is good for shading patios. It often self-sows prolifically.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    15'-40' / 4.6m - 12.2m

  • Width

    15'-50' / 4.6m - 15.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Lime Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Yellow Green, Tan

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes