Mimosa; Silk Tree
(INN) Rank 1
Albizia julibrissin* / Pea Family
Mimosa flowers do not look like other flowers in the Pea Family! The trees have fragrant, unusual flowers that tickle your nose when you smell them up close! Mimosas are a weedy tree in many areas. I found this one growing in Oak Ridge in mid-June. It will have 6-inch long brown pea-like seed pods in the fall. Mimosa trees are weedy and can cause problems crowding out native plants.
Perennial - tree
Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP