Albizia julibrissi Chocolate FountainTM

  • Flowering month: July
  • Flowering month: August
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Leaf colour: Bronze

Chocolate Fountain is an unusual form of the Silk Tree. While most varieties have light green leaves Chocolate Fountain has large bronze fern-like leaves, which cascade down with a weeping effect - which is indeed reminiscent of a fountain of chocolate.

Chocolate Fountain is also more dwarfing than most Silk Trees, and not likely to reach more than 5m in the longer term in UK conditions. It grows with a spreading weeping habit.

It can also be grown in a large container or planter (which will have a further dwarfing effect on it).

The candy-floss pink flowers appear in the height of summer.

Chocolate Fountain was developed at North Carolina State University, as a weeping purple-leaved mimosa. It was patented in 2013.

Chocolate Fountain trees for sale

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
2-year Chocolate Fountain tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£54.95
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How to grow

All Silk Trees need to be planted in a sheltered location in full sun.

Chocolate Fountain characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive foliage
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Weeping Spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Site conditions: Sheltered site Occasional drought Free-draining site
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Useful for: Specimen planting
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Some needed

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Flowering month: July August
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Leaf colour: Bronze
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Bronze / Purple
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also Summer Chocolate
    Albizia julibrissin
    Summer Chocolate
    Summer Chocolate also features feathery bronze leaves, but grows with a more upright-spreading form.