Pic of the Day – Albizia julibrissin ‘Ishii Weeping’

'Ishii Weeping' makes a picturesque specimen.

‘Ishii Weeping’ makes a picturesque specimen.

Albizia julibrissin ‘Ishii Weeping’, named for Japanese nurseryman Mike Ishii, makes a powerful landscape statement in winter when the stout bare branches and weeping structure are on display.  The coarseness is softened considerably in spring when feathery pinnate foliage appears and it begins flowering with fluffy, pink blossoms that carry it into summer.  Fall color is typically negligible and fall webworms can be a problem but the wonderful flowers and interesting habit make it worth a place in the garden.  Albizia has seeded along southern roadsides but it is a quick successional plant and cannot out-compete natives in undisturbed sites.  Grow in full sun and well-drained soil.

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One thought on “Pic of the Day – Albizia julibrissin ‘Ishii Weeping’

  1. Joe Canter

    Is this plant invasive or aggressive?

    We haven’t found it aggressive in the least. Albizia julibrissin can certainly escape cultivation and seed along roadways. It only colonizes disturbed areas like roadways but cannot outcompete natives in the long run.

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