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
- They grow from 5 to 12 meters tall
- The stamens are pink, red, yellow or white and look like strands of silk
- They are subtropical/tropical fast growing trees/shrubs
- The leaves close and bow downwards during the night and when it’s raining
- They are also known as the sleeping tree
- The stamens are much longer than the petals
- They attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
- Are often used as an ornamental plant in parks
- Are known (incorrectly) as the mimosa tree
- The seeds grow in pods and are used as food for livestock
- The generic name Albizia julibrissin honors and 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.
Lets get a closer look. Have you seen a flower anything like this?
What interesting flowers have you seen during your travels? Please share your comments with us.