Persian Silk Tree 'Summer Chocolate' - TreeAlbizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate'
Outstanding Garden Subject
The Persian Silk Tree (Albizia Julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate') was declared the most promising newcomer to the market in 2006. It is a highly exclusive garden subject with its pinkish summer flowers and unusually coloured tripinnate sickle-shaped leaves. It is a distant relative of the more common acacia and mimosa. It is hardy and has a delightful fragrance which attracts butterflies. Height supplied 25-30 cm.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreMake sure the root ball of the Persian Silk Tree is well-moistened by soaking it in a bucket of lukewarm water before planting. Prepare a suitable hole in well-drained soil. Plant the root ball of the Persian Silk Tree at the correct depth. The top of the root ball should be just slightly below ground level. Fill the hole with soil and press firmly. Water immediately after planting. The Persian Silk Tree prefers a sheltered spot in the garden with complete sunshine.
The Persian Silk Tree is perfect for the gardenDue to its unique leaves and flowers, the gorgeous Persian Silk Tree is perfect as a solitary plant. If you have a sheltered area in your garden the Persian Silk Tree with its exotic appearance will look wonderful. Plant next to Acacia Armata and Pandorea Jasminoides for a good combination. This tree also grows well in a large planter or flower pot.
Show moreThis beautiful shrub or small tree looks very delicate but it usually manages well through the winter. It is frost hardy and can withstand a minimum temperature of 12 to 15 degrees below freezing. If there are signs of severe frost, you can protect it with bubble wrap or burlap. If planted in a tub it is best to keep it in a frost-free area. Pruning is not an absolute requirement, but the crown can be thinned in spring if necessary.
Show moreThe Persian Silk Tree is an elegant small tree belonging to the famous Mimosa family. Its feathery leaves slightly resemble fern leaves. The young leaves are a yellowish-green when they first emerge in spring, and later turn a magnificent brownish-red (the colour of chocolate). The Persian silk tree creates a tropical surprise when the silk tree starts to flower in July. The flowers are unusual as they have no petals, they produce a cluster of stamens and the pink flowers form a striking contrast with the brown leaves. It is known as the sleeping tree in some countries because the feathery leaves gradually close at night and hang downwards as if the tree were asleep. The silk tree seems to stay asleep for some time in spring, too, as it does not develop new shoots until most other trees and bushes in the garden have come to life.