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Silk Tree

Albizia julibrissin

Description:

A. julibrissin is a small deciduous tree growing to 5–12 m tall, with a broad crown of level or arching branches. The bark is dark greenish grey in colour and striped vertically as it gets older. The leaves are bipinnate, 20–45 cm long and 12–25 cm broad, divided into 6–12 pairs of pinnae, each with 20–30 pairs of leaflets; the leaflets are oblong, 1–1.5 cm long and 2–4 mm broad. The flowers are produced throughout the summer in dense inflorescences, the individual flowers with small calyx and corola (except the central ones), and a tight cluster of stamens 2–3 cm long, white or pink with a white base, looking like silky threads. They have been observed to be attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The fruit is a flat brown pod 10–20 cm long and 2–2.5 cm broad, containing several seeds inside.

Habitat:

Open & previously cleared/disturbed lot between industrial complex and uncultivated wetlands/drainage area.

Notes:

Category 1 Exotic plant that is a serious problem in Georgia natural areas by extensively invading native plant communities and displacing native species. http://www.gaeppc.org/list.cfm

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QWMom

Georgia, USA

Spotted on Jun 6, 2013
Submitted on Oct 5, 2013

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