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Types of Mimosa Trees

Updated July 19, 2017

The many varieties of mimosa trees make them highly prized in a garden or beautiful in a natural setting. The individual species are classified as either trees, shrubs, vines or even noxious weeds. While these species are all native to the United States, they are specific to certain locations. Before purchasing, check to see which climate zones will support the growth of a particular variety. All types of mimosa plants are considered hardy.

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Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin)

This most common variety produces pink powder puff blooms and reaches a height of about 20 feet.

Catclaw Mimosa (Mimosa aculeaticarpa)

Classified as a perennial tree or shrub, this plant is found in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Fragrant Mimosa (Mimosa borealis)

Described as a perennial shrub and noted for its fragrant blossoms, this plant can be found in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas

Lollipop Mimosa (Mimosa pellita)

This perennial shrub grows best in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico.

Fourvalve Mimosa (Mimosa quadrivalvis)

Classified as a perennial vine or herb, it is found in Texas.

Giant False Sensitive Plant (Mimosa diplotricha)

The federal classification of this perennial vine is noxious weed. It grows in the southern part of the United States.

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