Mimosa or Silk Tree, Albizia julibrissin
Fabaceae or Pea Family


Small tree, to 40 feet, but much smaller in the Park. Leaves not opposite each other, feather-like, twice compound (that i,s made of leaflets that are themselves made of subleaflets). Subleaflets shaped like curved triangeles, with a point at the tip. Flowers are pink pom-poms. Fruits are bean-like pods.

Native of Asia, often planted for ornament and frequently escaping. Occasional in the open areas along the Riverway, especially near the North Bridge. The plants in Wildwood are mostly too young to flower.

Distinctive; no other tree in the Park has feathery twice-compound leaves.