Attractive small trees with feathery foliage and fluffy flowers.
A purple-leaved weeping form of the Silk Tree, with the characteristic candy-floss pink flowers.
Albizias, often known as Silk Trees, originated in central and eastern Asia, and are part of the Mimosa family.
They feature feathery fern-like leaves, which may be green or bronze, often taking on attractive autumn colours.
The flowers are produced over the summer, usually feathered or fluffy, and very pretty.
Most Albizias are only moderately hardy in the UK and will need protection from hard frosts. They do best when planted in a sheltered spot in full sun. Damage to shoots (e.g. over the winter) can easily be fixed by just pruning back to the next bud.
Albizias are generally slow-growing trees, eventually reaching a height of 3m-4m and a similar spread.
Their dramatic appearance makes them useful as feature trees, and they are also very suitable for training as informal fans across a south-facing wall.
Many Albizias are able to fix nitrogen into the soil, and can be grown on relatively poor soils as long as they are free-draining. Many are drought-tolerant too, once fully established.