How to Grow Albizia julibrissin Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Pink Silk Tree

Pink silk tree

Persian Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin) photograph by Jim, the Photographer.

Albizia julibrissin Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Albizia julibrissin
  • Common Name: Pink silk tree
  • Growing Zone: USA: 6 to 9
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Tree, Shrub

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 180 to 300
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 300 to 420
  • Time of Bloom: Early spring to Late summer
  • Flower Details: Pink
  • Leaf Foliage: Green, Deciduous
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Bushy, Spreading or horizontal

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Quick
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Adaptable, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: High
  • Propagation: Root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer. Seed: collect Seeds from pea-like pods and soften their coats in very hot water, leave to cool for 24 hours and sow. After germination transplant into root trainers to avoid disturbing tap roots
  • How to Prune: Requires little to no pruning. In some cases hard pruning can be disruptive.
  • Pests: Generally trouble free
  • Diseases: Wilt diseases such asVerticillium wilt

Further Information

  • Can Attract: Butterflies
  • Tolerant of: Deer, Drought
  • Best Garden Use:
  • Family:
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: Entices birdlife to the garden, Attractive foliage, Non-native to North America, Invasive, Fragrant flowers, Blooms are very showy
  • Genus Detail: Albizia
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

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