Albizia julibrissin Ombrella®

Albizia Ombrella
  • Flowering month: July
  • Flowering month: August
  • Flowering month: September
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Leaf colour: Green

Albizia julibrissin 'Ombrella' is a compact example of this species, noted for its exotic feathered leaves and colourful candy floss pink blossom, which is on show throughout the summer.

As the name suggests, Ombrella will eventually grow into an attractive spreading tree with an umbrella-shaped canopy.

Ombrella trees for sale

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
2-year Ombrella tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£54.95
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What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Albizia Jul Ombrella silk tree


Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

How to grow

Albizias are essentially a tropical species, but some varieties are suitable for temperate climates, and Ombrella is one of the most cold-hardy. Nevertheless as with all Albizias, it should be planted in a sheltered position, in full sun.

It is smaller than most Albizias, and should not get much larger than 3m or so in the longer term.

Albizias do best in well-drained soil, and need little or no feeding - just regular watering.

Pruning is not necessary, but if you wish you can prune after flowering.

The seed pods are poisonous.

Ombrella characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive tree / plant Attractive foliage
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Site conditions: Sheltered site Occasional flooding Free-draining site
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Useful for: Specimen planting
  • Pruning: Prune after flowering
  • Gardening skill: Average

Identification

  • Flowering month: July August September
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous