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Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Silk tree

Seidenbaum kaufen Albizia

Honestly: take a look at our silk trees here in the Lubera shop and decide for yourself whether you want to buy one or not. Is this not an absolute eye-catcher for the garden?

   
 
Pink Silk Tree 'Evey's Pride'

Albizia julibrissin 'Evey's Pride'

£93.90 *

Pink Silk Tree 'Ombrella'

Albizia julibrissin 'Ombrella'

£93.90 *

Pink Silk Tree 'Summer Chocolate'

Albizia julibrissin should not be missing in any garden!

£41.90 *

Pink Silk Tree 'Tropical Dream'

Albizia julibrissin 'Tropical Dream'

£93.90 *

   
 

More useful information about Silk tree

A blooming silk tree is simply a gardener's dream come true. It is exotic, tropical and temptingly different. Adaptable, easy to care for and seductively beautiful, Albizia julibrissin, also known as silk tree, Persian acacia or even mimosa is an exotic ornamental plant for your garden, whether it is big or small.

Here are our variety recommendations for you:

Tropical Dream

Evey's Pride

Ombrella

Summer Chocolate

 

Buying a Silk Tree - an Albizia in the garden is always a good idea and a rarity with a WOW effect

One does not always like to admit it, but as a gardener (no matter whether professional or hobby) one is always on the hunt for new, still unknown varieties for the garden. And – cross your heart – one may also like to show off the new addition to your garden. For example, if you buy a silk tree and it then blooms in your garden, you could actually throw a summer party to show it off because it offers so much:

Petite-feathered, filigree leaves in chocolate brown-red or fresh green grace the tree in late spring, summer and autumn

Fragrant, pink, paintbrush-like blossoms from the end of June to August: as beautiful as the powder puffs of elegant ladies, they enchant both male and female gardeners

Uncut, this is a small, tropical dream tree with an umbrella-like crown for larger gardens for shade in hot summers

When pruned, this is a perfect small tree or large shrub for small and medium-sized gardens or in a container for the terrace

Fairly hardy in mild locations

Can also be overwintered when young

Seidenbaum kaufen Albizia

The suitable location and the plants

Do not be afraid of these tropical beauties! They are easier to care for than you think and they can get through the winter with little effort. The silk tree is suitable for beginners like its 'Mediterranean colleagues', which are also available in our shop. A warm and sunny location in the garden, well-drained soil and some winter protection (more on this below) is preferable for the silk tree. Whether in a container or planted out in the garden, the silk tree likes to be sunny and warm. There is sure to be a place like this in your garden, whether on the terrace or in the background of a large flower bed or as a solitary plant on the lawn. The only BUT is this: please no waterlogging and do not plant in loamy, compacted soil! These plants must be loosened up when planting with sand, gravel, compost and/or good potting soil, so that the water can drain well during watering and during heavy rains; the water should not stand for hours or even days as a puddle around the plant. Anyone who considers this while planting has already found a new friend in the silk tree. And it is just as easy to grow in a container: simply take a high-quality potting soil, which (like our Fruitful Soil No. 1) remains loose and airy because it contains, for example, expanded clay and similar additives. Avoid waterlogging in a pot and never allow the soil to dry completely (always test with your finger, which is simple and has been proven many times).

Fertiliser for your silk tree

Silk trees, like everything in your garden, also need some fertiliser. When buying a silk tree, it is best to add some slow-release fertiliser (such as our Fruitilizer® Seasonal Fertiliser Plus) to the planting hole and, also some mature compost if you have some. By the way, you can also mulch the plant later, but you know this: nothing beats homemade compost (just ask your plants).

If the silk tree is planted in a container you should fertilise it in the spring and summer every fourteen days with a liquid fertiliser (for example our Fruitilizer® Instant Bloom). Stop fertilising from midsummer to the end of summer, as the plant should start to slowly adjust to the winter months.

How hardy is the silk tree?

The silk tree is (conditionally) hardy. It must not be too cold in the winter and at a young age it needs some help from you, i.e. a winter protection, at least in regions where temperatures can fall below -12 to -15 degrees. But do not be put off; it's easier than you think. Mulch around the base of the plant with leaves and fir branches (so that the leaves do not fly away in the winter wind) and wrap the trunk (or the whole shrub when it is small) with a good winter protection fleece that is breathable.

In old age, the silk tree is always hardier in the winter. In principle, it is hardy to about -15 degrees Celsius (or more), but not all winters are the same.  Sometimes there are long frosts, sometimes the season is mild. Winter is unpredictable. In mild areas, the silk trees in the garden can get by without winter protection after a few years, but those who have unpredictable winters should opt for the simple mulch and cover method for the trunk. Once you've seen your silk tree blossom, you'll never want to miss it again. A little bit of effort in autumn will reward you during the next summer.

If you want to overwinter your silk tree in a container, simply place it in a cool, bright place (conservatory, hallway, etc.) and water it only sparingly.

Pruning a silk tree

Over time, silk trees develop a magnificent umbrella crown and they can grow into wonderful, small trees. If you have enough space, you just have to let it grow and later you can place your deckchair under the tree in order to escape the worst summer heat. But most of us have smaller gardens and need to prune. No problem! The silk tree is tolerant to pruning; you can easily remove about two-thirds of last year's shoots in the spring. Kept in check, the silk tree will grow to a shrub and you can integrate the large container or the plant in the garden wonderfully into your planting scheme.

Why is the Albizia also known as mimosa?

Does one get drowsy when approaching or even nibbling on the tree? No, the Albizia is neither edible nor has secret powers that magically make us tired. It just slowly folds its beautiful, filigree leaves in the evening. In the morning, it wakes up fresh and cheerful and the leaves unfold again in order to soak up the sun and form chlorophyll. You may know the principle of the mimosa in the flower shop or on your windowsill. And the silk tree is also related to it, as it belongs to the subfamily Mimosoideae within the legume family (Fabaceae).

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