I would like to know how a mimosa is propagated.
The Gardener’s Answer
Hello, Valerie: Mimosa trees (Albizia julibrissin), also commonly known as silk trees, are medium growing deciduous trees. The fern-like foliage and fragrant flower of the mimosa give it a tropical feel. Unfortunately, these trees are associated with many disease and insect problems. Mimosa trees are not the best option for a home landscape but there are many other great resistant alternatives for a medium growing flowering tree. Dogwoods, serviceberries, fringe tree, and redbuds would all be excellent choices. As far a propagating a mimosa, they can be propagated by softwood cuttings as well as by seed. You can collect the seed pods after they have dried on the tree and then directly sow them in the fall. This is a fast-growing non-native tree that is not sold by any reputable garden center because of its invasive habit. Let me know if you would like other planting options.