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Mimosa Summer Chocolate

Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa Summer Chocolate)

Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate'(Trees)

'Summer Chocolate' is not your grandmother's typical green-leafed mimosa. It joins the Forest Pansy Redbud, Japanese Maple and Purple-Leaf Plum as a wonderful burgundy addition to the landscape. This fast growing deciduous tree is one of the last to leaf out in Spring, but when it does, it continues to wow with its bronze-green airy compound leaves turning to luxurious burgundy-chocolate by Summer. When its pink pom-pom blooms arrive in late summer, the scent of melon fills the air. The pink blooms against the rich chocolate foliage definitely add interest to the landscape.

Salt tolerant
Drought tolerant
Reputed to be deer-resistant
Winter interest provided by seed pods

Height

30-40 Feet

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Growing & Maintenance Tips

Deepest, darkest color achieved in full sun but is also tolerant of partial shade. Transplants easily.


Interesting Notes

When pruned to a low height, makes an interesting accent plant, as the long branches sprawl low to the ground in an oriental effect.


USDA Hardiness Zone 6 - 10

Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Well-Drained
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Foliage Color
Burgundy
Attributes
Heat Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Great Foliage
Specimen
Drought Tolerant
Focal Point
Fragrant
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer