Summer chocolate mimosa tree

Summer Chocolate Mimosa Tree

This is no ordinary tree. This Mimosa will make your heart flutter and your pulse race. With ravishing colors that seem to capture the sunset all day long and perfect puffs of summer blooms, the Summer Chocolate Mimosa Tree (Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’) is ready to turn heads in your yard!

This tree’s foliage is the deep purplish-brown color of dark chocolate. Its leaves almost seem to glow violet as they shimmy in the breeze. And this majestic foliage tends to appear a spectrum of colors from one angle to the next. From green to bronze to violet and brown, the Summer Chocolate Mimosa’s foliage is striking!

The Summer Chocolate Mimosa will soak your yard in delightful shade with its branches that spread wide and flow downward. This Mimosa offers that laidback tropical form that resembles an umbrella.

This unusual specimen adds a southern and tropical flair to any yard. And with its dark and warm foliage, many compare this tree to the Japanese Maple with a lighter and more carefree attitude.

And like the best Mimosa trees, this one also dances with fairy-like pompoms of pink flowers. You will love these classic pink and white blooms that light up against the deep purple leaves. Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds also adore these delicate puffs.

To keep this deciduous wonder happy, give it bright and full sunshine. The Summer Chocolate Mimosa also performs best in medium moisture and well-drained soil. It will grow rapidly in these conditions. This stunning tree is drought tolerant and deer don’t like the taste of it.

This show-stopping tree won’t grow as large as the green varieties, making it perfect as a specimen in your front or side yard. It will also look spectacular when planted as an accent in your garden.

If you want a prize-winning yard with unbeatable color, the Summer Chocolate Mimosa is a perfect choice. This fountain shaped tree will stun your neighbors and add a world of color to your yard. Order soon, this is a red hot variety and people are searching for it.

Chocolate Mimosa Tree Care: Tips On Growing Chocolate Mimosa Trees

You’ve seen mimosa trees, common and familiar landscape trees especially in the South. They have a tropical look, with slender leaves that make you think of ferns, and frothy pink blossoms in early summer. If your garden could use a touch of the tropics or a little Asian flair, consider growing chocolate mimosa (Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’). So what is a chocolate mimosa? This mimosa variety has an umbrella-shaped canopy with leaves that change from green to dark red, and by late summer they are reddish-bronze or chocolaty brown.

Growing Chocolate Mimosa

Not only is the deep chocolate hue of the foliage unusual and elegant, but it also makes care of chocolate mimosa trees easier. The darker foliage makes the tree both accepting of heat and drought tolerant, according to chocolate mimosa information. Deer dislike the odor of the leaves, so you don’t have to worry about these animals munching up your tree.

You’ll appreciate the unusual leaf color but you’ll also love the 1-to-2 inch showy flowers, which is the showiest feature of chocolate mimosas that bloom in late summer. The sweet fragrance is lovely, and the flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. In time, the pink powder puff flowers develop into long seed pods that look like beans and will decorate the tree all winter.

These lovely trees are perfect for your garden, but you may think twice before planting chocolate mimosa trees since their other mimosa counterparts have escaped cultivation in many areas, to the point of becoming invasive. Mimosas spread from seeds and form dense stands that shade and out compete valuable native plants. They can do so much damage to wild areas that the Plant Conservation Alliance has added them to their “Least Wanted” list.

That being said, research suggests that growing a chocolate mimosa doesn’t carry the same risks as growing the species tree does. That’s because the ‘Summer Chocolate’ isn’t invasive. It produces far fewer seeds. Nonetheless, you should still contact your cooperative extension agent to find out more about the status of summer chocolate mimosa in your area, just to be safe.

Care of Chocolate Mimosa

The care of chocolate mimosa is easy. The plants are rated for USDA plant hardiness zones 7 through 10. You’ll be amazed at how quickly these trees grow. A chocolate mimosa tree in landscapes should get to 20 feet tall and 20 feet wide. This is about half the size of the green species tree, though.

Give the tree a location with full sun and moist but well-drained soil. A chocolate mimosa tree in landscapes also tolerates alkaline soil and salty soil.

The trees need water until their roots are established, but then become extremely drought tolerant. Apply the water slowly, allowing the moisture to sink deep into the soil to encourage a deep root system. Once established, the tree only needs occasional watering in the absence of rain.

Fertilize annually in spring with a complete and balanced fertilizer.

Chocolate mimosa trees almost never need pruning. You can, however, make removal of the seed pods a part of your chocolate mimosa tree care routine, if desired. The seed pods are about 6 inches long and straw-colored, resembling beans, and each pod contains several bean-like seeds. These mature in late summer or early fall.

Note: Summer chocolate mimosa trees are protected by a patent, so you should not try to propagate them.

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Mimosa is one of the most beautiful winter-flowering shrubs, renowned for its exceptional bright gold yellow flowering.

Key facts about mimosa

Name – Acacia dealbata
Family – Mimosaceae
Type – tree
Height – 13 to 32 feet (4 to 10 meters)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – well drained and sandy

Foliage – evergreen
Flowering – January to March

Proper planting of the winter mimosa tree, its pruning and the care you’ll give it will help you have a magnificent mimosa tree, whether in pots or in the ground in the garden.

  • Read also: Albizia julibrissin, the Mimosa tree of the Americas

Planting a winter mimosa tree

Mimosa is planted preferably in spring or in fall in a sunny spot and, ideally, sheltered from wind.

If you choose to grow your mimosa tree in a pot for a deck, balcony or terrace, its fragrance will spread in the entire vicinity as soon as the first flowers unfurl.

Indeed, mimosa tree particularly loves sun-endowed emplacements that are protected from drafts, and especially well-drained soil.

  • You’ll do well in avoiding heavy clay soil.
  • For chalky soil, select a flowering mimosa tree that is grafted with a local native root stock. It will be better suited to that particular soil type.
  • Follow our tips on how to plant a mimosa tree.
  • Propagate your mimosa tree through cuttings in summer.
  • You can even grow a new mimosa tree from bark.

In regions with harsh winters, your best option is to plant your mimosa tree in large pots so that you may bring them indoors over winter.

Growing mimosa in a pot

Mimosa is a shrub that will grow very well in a pot or large garden box, even though proper growing conditions must be provided.

  • Never use a pot that sits in a water retention device, the pot must drain freely at the bottom for the water to run off.
  • Start with a smaller pot for it to develop its root system.
  • Ensure it stays sheltered from wind.
  • Mimosa requires sun to bloom.

After 3-4 years, the time has come to repot it in a larger pot.

Soil mix for growing mimosa in a pot

Use a well-draining potting blend:

  • 10% river sand and for the rest, half-and-half flower potting mix and peat.
  • Add a few handfuls of compost on top

Pruning potted mimosa trees

Unlike a mimosa tree that is planted in the ground, which can be left to grow freely, a potted mimosa must be pruned.

  • The pruning is performed after the blooming.
  • Shorten all the branches, giving the tree the shape you desire for it: sphere, cone, etc…

Watering and fertilizer for potted mimosa trees

Mimosa shrubs grown in pots dry up much faster, and must thus be watered often.

  • Water regularly but not too much, so as to not drown the roots while still maintaining constant moisture in the soil.
  • Provide flower shrub fertilizer during the entire growth period.
  • Or use natural fertilizer every two weeks during spring and summer for nutrients.

Mimosa tree and winter freezing

Mimosa tree resists freezing if moderate, 23°F (-5°C) at the coldest. This is especially true when the bouts of freezing are short.

A mimosa grown in pots isn’t as hardy to the cold and must be brought indoors for shelter in a cool spot over the winter if it freezes in your area.

  • You can also put horticultural fleece to good use, wrapping the branches with the winterizing fabric at the onset of the first frost spells. Your mimosa tree will be effectively protected from freezing.
  • Also protect the base with a thick layer of dried leaf mulch.

When growing directly in the ground and if the weather freezes deeply in your area, protect your tree by implementing our advice on protecting plants against the cold.

Pruning and caring for mimosa

Once properly settled in with a developed root system, the mimosa tree calls for minimal care. The only thing you might fear is having a late deep frost spell hit the mimosa tree in full bloom.

Otherwise, mimosa is so vigorous that some people call it an invasive plant. But stand assured: regular care and pruning will restrain its rapid growth.

How to trim a mimosa tree

Pruning of the mimosa tree takes place after the blooming because if you cut the tree in winter, you won’t have a single flower.

  • Cut branches that have born flowers back lightly.
  • As soon as they appear on the trunk, pinch suckers off. These usually shoot out at ground level, and they’ll weaken the rest of the tree.

If, at the end of winter, you notice branches that are broken and blackened because of freezing, feel free to cut them off because they, too, would weaken the tree.

How fast does a mimosa tree grow?

A single shoot can grow up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) in a single season!

  • From this shoot, in the next season, more side branches will fan out.

If you want a low, bushy shrub:

  • snip every branch as soon as it reaches two feet (50 cm).
  • They will branch out and create a round, dense shrub that will be covered in flowers in winter.
  • Don’t worry about the timing, this can be done any time.
  • Also, feel free to cut back drastically if you need to reduce the size of the tree. Mimosa can cope with hard pruning quite well.

If you want a tall, tree-like shape:

  • Let the topmost, leading stem grow freely.
  • Cut out suckers that grow from the side of the trunk.
  • Remove suckers up to the height you want your “trunk” to look like.
  • Above this, branches will start fanning out and grow, forming a tree-like crown.

Mimosa will start back from the roots even if freezing killed the trunk off. Nurture the new sucker depending on how you wish to shape your tree.

Note: Always prune your tree just after a split or y-junction with a smaller branch. An alternative is to prune just after (above) a bud that can take the lead and grow. Otherwise you’ll end up hatracking your tree, which isn’t a good thing.

Watering a mimosa tree

Mimosa isn’t a tree that requires much watering, except when potted, of course. However, it hates excess moisture that has a tendency to make the roots rot, eventually killing the tree.

Watering a mimosa tree planted in the ground

  • You must water in case of prolonged dry spells, but otherwise stocks of water contained in the tree itself should answer the mimosa tree’s needs.

Watering potted mimosa

  • Mimosa trees grown in pots require regular watering that is moderate in quantity during winter. Only provide it when it isn’t freezing.
  • In summer and in case of hot weather, water in the evening to avoid having water evaporate immediately.

Mimosa tree, key points to know

Mimosa is known thanks to florists who sell it in January, when flowers are still in the bud: it already is fragrant enough to spread its scent throughout an entire house!

Its foliage is evergreen and its blooming has a fresh, appealing smell.

A winter-blooming tree, it is also particularly appreciated for the color of its flowers, the fragrance they impart and, most of all, its blooming period.

Winter’s deepest and darkest months is when this tree drapes itself in full color and releases its delicious spring-like fragrance throughout the neighborhood.

You can also take advantage of all this tree’s gifts on your terrace, balcony or deck if you plant it in a large garden box. Simply water it as soon as the soil turns dry.

Note that there is a certain confusion in terms: the tree that is commonly called Mimosa tree is actually an Acacia, whereas the tree that is commonly called acacia is really the locust tree. In addition, for Americans, a mimosa is a tree of the Albizia genus, the silk tree.

Now, about varieties: over 1200 mimosa tree species have been numbered throughout the world, and the first ones were introduced in Europe first along the Mediterranean, then along the Atlantic. They’ve spread across the temperate hemisphere ever since.

Smart tip about the mimosa tree

No need to add any fertilizer because a mimosa tree never needs fertilizer, even upon planting. An exception to this is when growing mimosa in pots: the soil must be replenished.

Simple mulch is enough and will keep water from evaporating and weeds from growing.

Your mimosa tree will happily stay small if you prune it often, and if you let it grow it can turn into a tall tree.

Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Dreamy mimosa branch by Tomoko Uji under Unsplash license
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Tall mimosa tree shared by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
On Instagram: Mimosa golden flower by Nicola Giordano ★ under license

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Facts on Chocolate Mimosa Tree

Mimosa trees (Albizia julibrissin) produce ferny foliage and sweetly scented blooms, which attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The leaves of chocolate mimosa (Albizia julibrissin “Summer Chocolate”) turn a luscious mahogany color when the tree is grown in full sun.

Pretty But Tough

Also called silk tree, a mimosa looks delicate, but it is a drought-tolerant, fast-growing trees that grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 through 10. Chocolate mimosa grows 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide and has a wide, umbrella-shaped canopy. It provides dappled shade and a tropical look.

Take Good Care

Soak young trees weekly to establish a strong root system. Prune out brittle or crossing branches. Mimosas litter the ground with fallen blossoms, leaves, twigs and seedpods, so keep your rake handy for what will become an ongoing chore. Pull up seedlings so your yard isn’t overrun by this invasive plant. Chocolate mimosa is a natural variant, so its seeds are viable. Do not plant it if you live in an area where it’s considered invasive.

How Long Until a Mimosa Tree Blooms?

A mimosa tree blooms starting in late April and continues to flower until early July. Mimosa trees grow quickly, so if you do not see any blooms during flowering season after planting the mimosa tree, check for disease or poor soil quality.

Is a Mimosa Tree Deciduous?

A mimosa tree, known scientifically as “albizia julibrissin,” is a deciduous tree with foliage that resembles a fern. The foliage of the mimosa tree falls off during the winter months.

Is a Mimosa Tree Harmful to Horses?

The Mimosa Silk Tree, Albizia julibrissin, produces a bean like seed that is bright red in color. The seeds are extremely poisonous to animals, causing seizures or death when ingested. The tree is considered an invasive species that should not be planted.

The Best Place to Buy Mimosa Tenuiflora

The best place to buy Mimosa Tenuiflora, better known as Jurema, is from a locally trusted nursery in your region. Many nurseries will order the Mimosa Tenuiflora plant for their patrons, but you also can order these plants from Botanical Spirit online.

Is the Chocolate Mimosa a Messy Tree?

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The chocolate mimosa (Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’) is a messy tree. The Missouri Botanical garden calls the mimosa “messy, weak-wooded and invasive.” Its seed pods grow up to 7 inches long, and the seeds easily germinate wherever they fall.

The Best Time to Plant a Mimosa Tree in North Carolina

The best time to plant a mimosa tree, also known as a silk tree, is in the fall season. Plant the tree as a seedling or sow mimosa seeds directly into the soil. A mature mimosa tree will produce blooms from mid to late summer.

Chocolate Mimosa Tree

Tropical Feel + Pink, Showy Blooms

These Mimosa trees provide colorful shows for months, while giving yards an elegant and tropical feel. Each spring green leaves emerge that come together in a V shape and the multiple short leaves provide the zen of an Asian garden.
As the summer heats up the green leaves fade into a dark burgundy color, that’s unique and eye catching, it will make your yard look like it’s a part of an oriental jungle. The dark foliage will pop against the other green trees, and bright blooming plants in your landscape.
Late in the spring breath taking fuzzy pink blooms will emerge in clusters all over your Mimosa tree. The hot pink blooms stand out against both the burgundy foliage, attracting attention from all over the neighborhood. Your neighbors probably haven’t seen beautiful fuzzy blooms like these before.
Not only do these blooms provide enchanting color, but they attract birds and wildlife as well. Hummingbirds are especially known to be attracted to the fragrant blossoms. Plant a few trees around your deck, or in view from your favorite window and watch graceful hummingbirds come to check out the blooms all summer.
Chocolate Mimosa trees are drought hardy, and extremely easy to grow. These low maintenance trees will even thrive in many different varieties of poor soil. Simply plant them and be astonished by months of color before you know it.
Due to the unique color combinations that these trees provide, they sell out fast. We recommend getting yours before they’re gone.

Planting & Care

The Chocolate Mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin ‘Chocolate’) is an extremely showy, flowering tree that provides months of colorful blooms. This fast growing, full sun loving tree is drought tolerant and isn’t as large at maturity as the normal Mimosa tree type. The chocolate mimosa will mature to a height of about 20 feet tall and about 15 feet wide which makes it a lot easier to fit landscapes, more so than it’s larger sibling. The chocolate mimosa is prized for its burgundy foliage that makes the fuzzy pink blooms stand out just that much more in contrast. Best suite for USDA growing zones 7-9 the mimosa is bound to have a lot passersby attention from its unique foliage and growth pattern. The tree is also sought after for its low maintenance needs, simply plant and water as needed and the tree will flourish!

Planting instructions:
1) Your location should have well draining soil and receive full sunlight.
2) Dig your hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep. This will allow the roots to spread through the loosened soil in the early stages.
3) Mix in peat moss with the soil removed from the hole with ratio of one part peat moss to four parts soil. Sphagnum peat moss will aid in the fertility and drainage of the soil.
4) Insert the tree into the planting hole and gently spread the roots by combing them with your hands.
5) Gradually back-fill your hole with the amended soil and gently firm the soil down with a shovel. Make sure not to pile higher than the soil level, or crown, where the tree’s roots meet the trunk.
6) Water your planting site deeply with a slow trickling hose. You’ll want to water enough in order to saturate down to about an inch below the soil.

Watering: It’s very important that you water your mimosa tree sparingly. The need for watering should only be during excessive dry spells. The peat moss soil mixture will assist with drainage since the tree will not do well with excess water. A steady flow of water from a hose for about 10-15 minutes once every two weeks should be enough. Anything more than that results in diseases related to over watering, like root rot.

Fertilizing: When fertilizing your mimosa tree select an all-natural, organic, slow-release tree fertilizer. Fertilize in the early part of the spring growing season when it’s not too hot or cold. Check your forecast to be sure no heavy rainfall will occur within a couple of days of applying the fertilizer. Excessive rain could wash away a lot of the slow-releasing fertilizer. Apply to the soil according to the package instructions. Slow-release is granular or pelletized and can be sprinkled around the planting site. Water will gradually soak the nutrients into the soil where your mimosa tree will absorb them over time. Other forms of slow-release fertilizers can be in the form of stakes that insert into the ground near the tree or in a liquid form that can be applied using a sprayer. Water after applying your fertilizer to prevent salt build up, which can burn the tree.

Pruning: Your mimosa tree will not require very much attention but could benefit from some minor pruning in the fall season. Remove branches growing along the lower trunk area at a 45-degree angle with sterilized pruning shears just beyond the neck collar (where the limb connects to the trunk). Cutting the neck collar can damage the tree. Removing the lower limbs encourages more growth towards the top of the tree. A pole saw is useful for removing dead limbs, for pruning branches out of reach and for forming the shape of your mimosa’s canopy. Thinner branches should be cut 3-5 inches from the end of the limb to promote thicker canopy growth.

*Tip: Sterilize your tools after each cut to prevent contamination. Antibacterial soap and/or rubbing alcohol are perfect for cleaning your tools.

Mimosa trees are not only known for their splendid feathery blooms but also for the enchanting smell the blooms produce. “Albizia Calm” is the extract derived from mimosa trees that is known to support mental calmness. A healing salve can also be made from the mimosa tree and it is primarily used in the treatment of skin irritation and burns. The leaves of your mimosa tree can also be collected and used as a tea that soothes mouth soreness. Mimosa trees are very low maintenance, a delight for the senses and a beautiful addition for your landscape.

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Summer Chocolate Mimosa flowers

Summer Chocolate Mimosa flowers

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Summer Chocolate Mimosa

Summer Chocolate Mimosa

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Summer Chocolate Mimosa foliage

Summer Chocolate Mimosa foliage

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Height: 20 feet

Spread: 15 feet

Sunlight:

Hardiness Zone: 6b

Other Names: Silktree

Description:

Attractive airy foliage emerges coppery-green and matures to deep burgundy; an open umbrella-like form make this a highly desired tree, leaves tend to close for the night; interesting and graceful pink fuzzy flowers are showy and fragrant

Ornamental Features

Summer Chocolate Mimosa features showy fragrant pink pincushion flowers along the branches in late summer. It has attractive burgundy foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The ferny bipinnately compound leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruits are showy brown pods displayed in early fall.

Landscape Attributes

Summer Chocolate Mimosa is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season’s flowers. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Summer Chocolate Mimosa is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Summer Chocolate Mimosa will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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