Mimosa Tree

Mimosa Tree 3, originally uploaded by Theresa111.

 

This is one of my favorite trees. A friend of mine had a baby mimosa in a pot. She had it sitting on her desk at work. One day she held her finger underneath the little green leaves and told me to watch the plant very carefully.

She lifted her fingers and ever so lightly, stroked the underside of the delicate branch. In turn, the outstretched leaves immediately shrank and the entire branch that had been touched hung down in a protective state.

In just a few minutes the mimosa had recovered and again my friend repeated the demonstration. The leaves had the same reaction. Naturally, we all had to try it too. We must have exhausted the plant because after the fifth time it stayed in it’s defensive pose.

About fifteen years ago, I saw trees like this one growing wild and realized that this is what a fully grown mimosa looked like. The blooms are so soft and fuzzy looking. The color is an appealing pink and accentuated with white.

When I came across this beauty I made sure to bring my camera so I could capture it in all it’s glory before it looses its flowers. Hope you like it too.

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8 thoughts on “Mimosa Tree

  1. i have a huge mimosa right outside my kitchen window… i have two hummingbird feeders hung on her.. and i love to look out at that beautiful tree, that by the way looks deader than dead all winder… and see the pretty humming birds lighting on her delicate branches…

    funny how things get common and it takes someone else to really get you to notice how beautiful they are….

  2. “She lifted her fingers and ever so lightly, stroked the underside of the delicate branch. In turn, the outstretched leaves immediately shrank and the entire branch that had been touched hung down in a protective state.
    In just a few minutes the mimosa had recovered and again my friend repeated the demonstration. The leaves had the same reaction. Naturally, we all had to try it too. We must have exhausted the plant because after the fifth time it stayed in it’s defensive pose.”

    I think sometimes I like to retreat from too much “intervention” and “prodding” and enter a protective state. I think we can all feel like this sometimes…

    xx

  3. Mimosa is a deciduous tree which attract bees and butterflies. It has a trunk and fern like leafs with fragrant pom-pom like flowers. This tree is also a popular ornamental due to its feathery appereance.

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