An Overview of Silk Tree
Silk tree (Albizia julibrissin) is a deciduous tree that is native to Asia, but is widely cultivated in other parts of the world as an ornamental tree. It is also known as mimosa tree, pink siris, or Persian silk tree. The tree is prized for its showy, fragrant flowers and attractive foliage.
- The silk tree can grow up to 12 meters in height with a spread of about 9 meters.
- The leaves are fern-like, with small leaflets arranged in a feathery pattern.
- The tree blooms in the summer with clusters of small, pink, and fragrant flowers.
- The flowers are followed by long, flat seed pods that ripen in the fall and persist on the tree through the winter.
Benefits of Silk Tree
Silk trees are popular ornamental trees because of their showy, fragrant flowers and attractive foliage. They can be used as a specimen trees, as part of a mixed border, or to provide shade in a garden or park. Silk trees are drought-tolerant once established, making them suitable for planting in dry regions. The bark and flowers of the silk tree have been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including anxiety, depression, and insomnia. The flowers of the silk tree attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, while the seeds are eaten by birds and small mammals, providing food and habitat for wildlife.
How to Sow Seeds and Care for the Silk Tree Plant
Sowing silk tree (Albizia julibrissin) seeds is relatively easy, and the plant can be grown from seeds indoors or directly sown in the garden bed. The best time to sow the seeds is in the spring. Silk trees prefer well-draining soil. Add compost or other organic matter to the soil to improve drainage and fertility. Soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours before planting. Plant the seeds in pots or trays filled with seed-starting mix, and keep them in a warm, bright location until they germinate. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged until the seeds germinate. Once the seedlings have emerged, transplant them into larger pots or into the garden bed.
Water the seeding regularly and fertilize them with a balanced fertilizer. To care for a silk tree, keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, especially during the tree's first year of growth. The tree prefers full sun but can tolerate some shade. Mulch around the base of the tree to retain moisture in the soil and suppress weeds. Fertilize the tree with a balanced fertilizer once a year in the spring. Prune the tree in the winter to remove dead or damaged branches and to shape the tree. Silk trees are generally pest and disease resistant, but they can be susceptible to webworms and spider mites, which can be treated with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
Note: This Overview is intended as a guide only since cultural practices and climatic conditions may vary.
- Product: Silk tree seeds
- Season: Late spring
- USDA Zones: 6-9
- Days to Harvest: 7 days
- Soil Type: Well-drained
- Temperature: 70 degrees Fahrenheit
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Fabales
- Family: Fabaceae
- Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
- Clade: Mimosoid clade
- Genus: Albizia
- Species: Julibrissin
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⦿ Shipping Cost: Starting at 2,00 Euros
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⦿ Shipping Cost: Starting at 2,90 Euros
⦿ Shipping costs from 3.50 Euros except for Australia & New Zealand.
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