Anyone have Mimosa Trees????

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

  1. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    I have a huge one, but there are lots of seedlings, if you mow them down, they will not come back.
  2. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    Keep it. My mom has the stump from the two she planted 40 years ago. They both died or split and she has none.

    I don't think they spread from the root, but rather the seeds. I looked and looked till I found one in someone's yard and got a little one. It is now 9 - 10 ft tall. I love it.
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  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:I have a neighbor with one, no seedlings in 20+ years. Maybe a different variety?
  4. Verboten

    Verboten Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2008
    Southern Oregon
    Quote:I like them too! You (the OP) must be fairly far south - I never saw a seed sprout from our 20+ year old tree. It had to be cut down for an addition and the stump resprouted a bit but then died.

    I think that the worst invasives have a mechanism like a fruit to spread their seeds (by birds mostly)- Mimosas do not - It is not very invasive if it could only spread in your yard - JMO.

    Definately leave it - it was what you wanted and others have them anyway. There is nothing quite like one.

    edit: I would definately doubt the 50 year thing too. - the seed has nothing but its pod and a thin shell to protect it and bacteria and fungi are relentless - maybe in an envelope inside, but I doubt it.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2008
  5. beerguzzler

    beerguzzler Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 3, 2008
    Houston TX
    Leave it. We have quite a few around the property. If I don't mow for a few weeks, I can see the little sprouts but the mower takes care of that quickly.
  6. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    We have a TON of Mimosa trees - they keep cropping up in places we dont want them to (inside our 80+ year old boxwoods for one...) and no matter what we do, back they come! I enjoy them out in the wooded part of our property but in the middle of my wildflowers or in my old boxwoods or my mulch - no! We've cut them, pulled them, painted them with kerosene, turpentine, you name it we've done it - they keep coming BACK!

    Very annoying and mine must be the invasive type or something. Maybe everyone else has some cross-breed or something ? These suckers are like the Energizer Bunny - they keep going..and going..and going...[​IMG]

    If anyone wants any - I'd be more than happy come spring to dig up and ship to you for the cost of shipping - they grow VERY fast too.
  7. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    I love Mimosa! We played with the blooms and seed pods as kids.. They have a lovely scent. It is called a 'trash tree' and we have them everywhere on our farm. My honeybees as well as hummingbirds, bumblebees and other pollinators visit every day..

    One day when my son was 2 (he's thirty now), I was hanging clothes and he was sitting under a big Mimosa --waiting for our 'picnic'... He said "momma, hurry'--I went flying thinking there might be a snake--He said "look'... The Mimosa was FULL of hummingbirds...hundreds of them! We lay on the blanket and watched for hours..It was much louder than my beehives..

    Just rake the seedpods and/or mow if any comes pop up! Enjoy and watch for hummers in the spring and summer!
  8. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    UHHHG! Please send me some! We have had a horrible time getting them to survive (there is some kind of disease that kills them off). I grew up with a huge one in my parents yard and what ever disease is spreading down here got to it. We use to see them all over as kids with their beautiful feathery flowers but now you only see them once in a while in the woods.
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Marlin chaser needs to send me some mimosa trees and a box of chestnuts.
  10. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    I will gladly send the saplings come spring - just PM me your addresses and you can have them - I know how to ship live trees and get them to survive [​IMG]. They may be on the smaller side (like 12-18 inches) but let me tell you - by the end of summer that 12-18 inch tree will be a 4 footer I assure you. Mimosa grows like bamboo does.

    MissPrissy - do you really want a tree too? I absolutly will send it to you. I'll send out seeds too if anyone wants them.

    I dont know what it will cost to ship a little tree but I dont think it will be too much, probably less than $4.00 I'd imagine.

    Good lord I cannot type today!

    (still listening to my girl honking.... [​IMG] she's not liking being in the house!)
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2008

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