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11 Facts about Ecuador’s Pink Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin)

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The Pink Silk (Albizia julibrissin) tree is beautiful! Its blossoms look more like feathers than flowers. The first time I saw this flowering tree I could hardly believe my eyes. It looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.

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11 Interesting Facts About the Pink Silk Tree

  1. They grow from 5 to 12 meters tall
  2. The stamens are pink, red, yellow, or white and look like strands of silk
  3. They are subtropical/tropical fast-growing trees/shrubs
  4. The leaves close and bow downwards during the night and when it’s raining
  5. They are also known as the sleeping tree
  6. The stamens are much longer than the petals
  7. They attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
  8. Are often used as an ornamental plant in parks
  9. Are known (incorrectly) as the mimosa tree
  10. The seeds grow in pods and are used as food for livestock
  11. The generic name Albizia julibrissin honors an Italian nobleman (Filippo degli Albizzi) who introduced this tree/shrub to Europe in the 18th century

The Pink Silk Tree

The blossoms look like fluffy little birds sitting among the branches.

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Let’s get a closer look. Have you seen a flower anything like this?

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What interesting flowers have you seen during your travels? Please share your comments with us.

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