The silky, pink flowers of the mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin) are a common site in the Southeastern United States during the summer-time. This is one that I was looking at while visiting Helen, Georgia during a trip to the mountains north of Atlanta.
The mimosa tree is native to the Middle East and Asia and was introduced to North America in 1785. Well suited to the warm climate common to our area, the trees spread easily and are considered invasive in some places. Being one of the few trees that bloom during the summer, it is often used as an ornamental species in landscapes and appears widely along roads and throughout the countryside.
The tree also has fern-like leaves which close at night and re-open during the daylight hours. I remember seeing these plants in New Orleans when I lived there and people often said that the trees would contract their leaves when touched. I don’t believe that is right but it made for a good story and always made it seem like a magical plant.
Persian Silk Tree (Mimosa) flowers
North Main Street
Helen, Georgia, USA
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/800 sec – ISO 100
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