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Gardening - Mimosa trees (Acacia)

Post Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:17 pm

My wife went out yesterday to buy some mimosa trees. We know that their roots are very invasive but have enough land for this not to be a problem. Imagine her surprise when the Garden Centre said that they were not allowed to sell them. In fact they had recently been fined by the Police!!!! (Shame that they do not focus on the real criminals but I guess there is no revenue in this activity!!)

So, does anyone know where we can buy Mimosa (Acacia)? Or do I just go and dig them up from the Mato?


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Re: Gardening - Mimosa trees (Acacia)

Post Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:13 pm

Please don´t plant Mimosa Tree: they are an invader that is destroying the local plants, targeting mainly the ones that are more rare and sensible.

Mimosa trees seeds travel long distances (wind etc).

Selling them is not allowed and in some places (natural parks p. ex.) is not allowed to plant them as well.

In my area school children make days out to destroy Mimosa Trees which are relentless destroying local rare plants such as aroeira. All i know is, some months later the Mimosas just develop again, like cats they seem to have seven lives...

 

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Re: Gardening - Mimosa trees (Acacia)

Post Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:03 pm

Hello Rod

Now I have to ask a possibly to you silly question here ... does your wife want Mimosa (Acacia) or Mimosa (Albizia)? The former being the yellow invasive variety here, the latter being the lovely pink fluffy flowered one?

One must distinquish between the two. One of my hobbies here is dealing with and developing plantlife which can cope with our climate and even stretching the boundaries ... I am attempting to develop my garden into tropical as opposed to sub-tropical.


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Re: Gardening - Mimosa trees (Acacia)

Post Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:35 am

My wife is no expert so forgive me. We had a mimosa in our last garden and it had a beautiful yellow flower. However, it is very invasive and we dug it up (successfully!!!!) when it was about 5m high as the garden was small and we were building an extension to the villa. Now we have a much larger area and want to add some colour plus grow a fast growing screen.

So it is the Mimosa (Acacia) variety that we are looking for with yellow flowers. My understanding is that Albizia Julibrissin is the Silk Tree with clear pink flowers in late summer/autumn.

Most of the land we want to develop into a Mediterranean style but we do need some trees to give some privacy to the few people who come down the lane.


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Re: Gardening - Mimosa trees (Acacia)

Post Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:59 am

Yes, it is obviously the Acacia you are wanting but then that makes it difficult if it is forbidden to sell them.

Why not try Albizia julibrissen or Jacaranda mimosifolia, of which I have two. Both are relatively fast growing.

An alternative fast-growing evergreen is the Mioporo. You probably know it is used here as a hedge but I planted one and have trained it into a tree, now perhaps 5 meters tall after 5 years. It has made a lovely addition to the garden and a friend has now planted 5 or 7 of them well spaced apart to hide a chain link fence on top of a wall.


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Re: Gardening - Mimosa trees (Acacia)

Post Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:05 pm

Ta Victoria1st - I've sent you a PM.


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Re: Gardening - Mimosa trees (Acacia)

Post Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:52 pm

Well...
I just planted the first 100 acacias of my hedge; 600 to go.
We have a lot of saved seeds, but I decided to just dig little seedlings out of the forest across the street and transplant them. They’re growing everywhere.
I am in the “Natural park” north of Aljezur. All my neighbors use acacia as hedge.
I’m putting in a watering system with a dripper on each plant to speed them along. I hope to remove the tubes in a couple of years when they’re semi-mature.

They may be introduced, but they are sprouting everywhere, used as windbreak [around my orchard for instance], hedge, and firewood all over this area.

According to Wikipedia, acacia is no longer considered a type of Mimosa.

The name "Mimosa" has also been applied to several other related species with similar pinnate or bipinnate leaves but now classified in other genera, most commonly to Albizia julibrissin (Silk Tree) and Acacia dealbata (Silver Wattle).

 

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