This exotic deciduous tree comes to life in late-spring with the emergence of wonderful, fern-like foliage – and reaches a crescendo of colour in mid-late summer when the incredible, fluffy, bright pink flowers cover every branch – each one carrying a lovely fragrance! Hardy enough to withstand all but the worst frosts, it is ideal for a pot or sunny border.
Also known as the Pink Silk Tree, Albizia Rosea is ideal as a feature plant in Mediterranean-style gardens, where the fine foliage makes a particularly attractive feature in its own right.
Hardy throughout most of the UK, the silk tree benefits from planting near a south-facing wall for a little winter protection, helping it to retain its leaves for a little longer into the autumn.
The dainty leaves of the silk tree slowly close during the night and during periods of heavy rain to protect itself from damage, giving it an alternative name of 'night sleeper'. In Japan its common names (of which there are several) all mean 'sleeping tree', so don't be surprised if your tree looks a little droopy at times - it's just resting!
Reaching up to 4 x 2.5m, you will receive an established young plant in a 3L pot.
Albizia is easy to care for and generally problem free - plants grown under glass may need a restrictive prune after the first flush of flowers.
Otherwise, prune silk trees in winter or early spring, reducing the stems to fit the available space, and removing any dead or damaged branches entirely.