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Anyone have Mimosa Trees????

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by winniegirl, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. winniegirl

    winniegirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, I spent 3 hours yesterday in 26 degrees and windy planting a 6 ft tall mimosa tree in front of the run for summer shade. Very pretty tree, most of the neighbors have them.

    So, AFTER I plant it I look it up and realize that it's an invasive species and resprouts itself and the seeds can lie dormant for 50 years, and the saplings are very hard to kill. Usually, I check out everything before I plant, but since 4 neighbors have them I just didn't bother to research. And the tree was free from a neighbor who said "oh I have bunches of them in my yard!" I guess that was a clue [​IMG]

    So maybe I'll dig it back out tomorrow [​IMG]
     
  2. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you like where it's at, I wouldn't dig it up. A mower will take good care of any young saplings that decide to be where you don't want them.
     
  3. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with the post above. Enjoy your new tree. Since they are already in your neighborhood you are not introducing something new. From an ecology standpoint they are already there and have been for sometime. From a practical standpoint if they were as invasive as you fear, you wouldn't have had to plant that one, you would have had to remove stray saplings to place any coop, pasture, or out-buildings you do have.

    Mow over or weed eat any seedlings that sprout underneath it and you will be fine.

    I used to have mimosa in my yard and perhaps it was not ideal conditions or something but I never did get seedlings under them.
     
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2008
  4. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    I love Mimosa trees, they remind me of good times.

    Ants also love them, so watch for those. [​IMG]
     
  5. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    I like Mimosa trees and have one in my yard.My flock loves it.I try my best to get it to spread but the chickens won't let it,and the seedlings are often eaten or dug up.
     
  6. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Hamilton C. FL
    We started out with one.... [​IMG] now we have a whole field of them [​IMG] grrrrr I HATE them. But they are so pretty in the summer.
     
  7. winniegirl

    winniegirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh now that's Just Great! Pinky's girls eat the seedlings, perfect since I only want one.

    BUT, Buck-wild-chick has a field of them, no I don't want that!
    [​IMG]
    good grief, now I have to actually make a decision [​IMG]

    thanks all
     
  8. mamaKate

    mamaKate Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
    SE MO
    I have 5, but they were all purposely planted. I love the frothy leaves and the flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflys. By the way, my plant reference lists them as a species of acacia. If you didn't see a photo, the mimosa you researched might be a different plant.
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I love them! I had some wonderful shade trees back in Georgia. Nearly everyone up here thinks you are talking about a brunch time cocktail. [​IMG]
     
  10. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Hamilton C. FL
    TRUST ME ill get pics tomorrow [​IMG]
     

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