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Albizia julibrissin

Silk Tree
  • Plant Type:
  • Tree
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Deciduous
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Medium
  • Also Grown As:
  • Multi Trunk, Standard Tree
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 20-40' x 30-60'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Broad
  • Native To:
  • Asia, Japan
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun
  • Water:
  • Medium Water, Low Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Pink
  • Bloom Time:
  • Summer
  • Special Features:
  • Attracts Birds/Butterflies, Cold Hardy, Deer Resistant, Desert Conditions, Fall Color, Seacoast Conditions
  • Container Sizes:
  • #15, 24" Box, 36" Box
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 4-23
  • Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone:
  • 7b


Native to southwestern and eastern Asia, this deciduous to semi-evergreen tree makes a splashy statement with its powder-puff pink to white flowers in the summer months. Fern-like bipinnately divided green leaves are elegant and graceful. Much loved in the valleys of Southern California for its tolerance of intense heat, sun, and aridity, it grows quickly given regular water. The 40 foot wide canopy can be pruned back to 10 or 20 feet with a similar spread. Naturally multi-trunked, it should be staked and trained well to achieve a tall umbrella head that is naturally flat-topped. Leaving considerable litter with its leaves, flower stamens and seed pods, it is best suited to lawns but many cannot resist keeping it on or near a patio. It is perhaps best appreciated from above making it a good choice for above a balcony. Give full sun or partial shade and expect frequent visits from butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds which are drawn to the flowers. Named for a member of the prominent Florentine Albizzi family who introduced it to European gardens in the mid-18th century, its species name is a distortion of a Persian word meaning “silk flower”. It will survive heavy frosts with ease.