mamosa tree help

Old 08-12-05, 02:43 PM
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mamosa tree help

We have a mamosa or formosa tree which leaves look similar to a locust tree.
It is a mature tree and I have watched it through two seasons. Instead of one trunk which grows straight up then spreads it has four trunks which spring up from the ground. The tree sprouts bean type pods in the fall and this summer sprouted these beautiful pink flowers. It has also attracted locusts which are now sheading and earlier attracted these pink caterpilliars.
One side of the tree has now droped all leaves and the other side is ozzing liauid from the trunk and bubbling out. Please someone adivse what to do, is this tree dying????
Old 08-12-05, 06:46 PM
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A mimosa tree has attractive, pink flowers in the spring followed by the pods of seeds. A light, airy tree, it looks appealing in many landscape plans. Mimosa is a trash-tree, with a short life. The tree breaks easily in storms or from climbing damage. It is considered to be an invasive alien plant and a pest. The dropped seeds are quite hardy and will sprout for many years. It sounds as if yours is simply dying.
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Not true at all. My trees have been alive for many yrs. It is a beautiful tree with wonderful smelling flowers. Hummingbirds seem to always be on the blooms. It is certainly not a trash tree.
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Hi Lobsterela,

You may love your mimosa tree, but as Chfite explained, it is not a native tree and has become invasive in many areas. That, along with the fact that it is not a long lived tree and has weak wood with limbs that often break in wind, makes it a 'trash' tree by arborists, landscapers and environmentalists.

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Horrible tree. I trim mimosa's like I trim crepe myrtles.....with a backhoe. The trunks are too weak to take much wind, and after a few seasons the trunks begin to go askew from vertical making it really not too attractive.

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