Thursday, June 14, 2007

06.14.07 WHAT'S MY NAME?

In reading about the "Mimosa" tree which has just begun blooming in our town, I learned that it is actually NOT a Mimosa at all. Although it was once included in the genus Mimosa, it is now classified as Albizia julibrissin, the Persian Silk Tree. In Iran and Japan it is known as the "sleeping tree" for its habit of folding and bowing its leaf clusters in the evening. It is another invasive plant, introduced originally as an ornamental. In our area it is known as a "weed tree" for its tendency to pop up anywhere and have a relatively short life span. In spite of its unfavorable resume, its soft pink flowers are beautiful floating on the tree in June.

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