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Albizia julibrissen                                                   Height: 20’ Spread: 30’

al-BIZZ-ee-ah jul-leh-BRY-sin                                   Deciduous – Sun     DO NOT PLANT

HABIT:  Spreading limber branches that droop to the ground. Lacy foliage with small leaflets that close at night. Shallow, destructive root system. Beautiful when in bloom.

CULTURE:    Needs lots of room and lots of water.

USES:  Not even good for firewood.

PROBLEMS: Destructive roots, short-lived, crowds out good plants.

NOTES: Dying out from fungal disease. Pretty when in bloom but not a good tree to plant.

The flowers and bark of the mimosa tree (Albizzia julibrissin) are among the most valued of Chinese botanicals for relieving anxiety, stress and depression. Commonly found growing throughout temperate zones in the Western United States albizzia is native to China, Persia, Korea and Japan. It is traditionally known as "huan hua" (flowers) and "he huan pi" (bark) and popularly as the "happiness herb," and "collective happiness bark" by the Chinese.

Recently some Chinese herbalists and acupuncturists have even called it “herbal Prozac. Its use was first documented in the Shen Nong Ben Cao (Divine Husbandman’s Classic of the Materia Medica) during the 2nd century for its mood supportive and calming properties as well as a tonic. Chinese people traditionally recommend its use for anyone who is suffering from grief as a result of a severe loss.        

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