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Will Pods From A Formosa Tree Produce A New Plant?…

E.R. Asked

Will pods from a formosa tree produce a new plant? Do they need to be tied and buried? What time of the year do you plant them?

The Gardener’s Answer

Hello, E.R. in Illinois: Mimosa trees (Albizia julibrissin), also commonly known as formosa or 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 not native and associated with many disease and insect problems. As for 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 fast growing tree has an invasive habit and if you already have one, then chances are you will have more next year because they are known to self-seed. If you are considering this for your home landscape, there are better options for a medium growing flowering tree, such as dogwoods, serviceberries, fringe tree, and redbuds. These are all disease-resistant and less aggressive options.

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