Here is a beautiful variation on the already lovely Mimosa, it is ‘Summer Chocolate’ Mimosa, or Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’.  This graceful small tree has the fern-like foliage typical of mimosas but in a strikingly, rich warm chocolate-color. And the dark hues dramatically set off the pink, fluffy flower heads which appear in late summer, perfuming warm, late spring evenings. The burgundy- brown foliage keeps its color from summer through fall, even in hot, humid conditions. Originally developed in Japan, 'Summer Chocolate’ is available in only the most select nurseries, or by mail-order.  It reaches 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide after several years and will grow throughout most of the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

The species Mimosa, Albizia julibrissin, is also quite beautiful.


Summer Chocolate mimosa

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