Also called Persian silk tree and pink silk tree.

Part of silk tree  genus Albizia in 🥜︎ legume / bean / pea  family Fabaceae in order Fabales.

Native to southwestern and eastern Asia.   🗺 Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48) (color key).   Invasive > 🌐︎ global Invasive > 🌐︎ various Invasive > 🇺🇸 USA Control and Alternatives (Maryland).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file (page 3)

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Like most legumes, this plant cooperates with a bacterium that fixes atmospheric nitrogen into a form usable by plants and animals.

That allows these plants to:

  • outcompete non-nitrogen-fixing plants in poorer soils, or
  • have seeds and foliage with more protein.

This makes their seeds and foliage more nutritious to plant-eaters.  And growing these plants may improve the quality of worn-out farmland and disturbed soils.

Learn more about mimosa silk tree Albizia julibrissin

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