The Mimosa trees are blooming here in Vicksburg, and I'd like to share some pictures I captured last May, of a tree just a few blocks from our house.
I had always admired it from a distance, but had never taken the time to look at it up close. I was both amazed and delighted with what I saw through my lens, and don't think I'll ever look at a Mimosa tree the same way again.
But before I share the pictures, I'd like to share a few facts I learned about Mimosas:
It is also known as Silk Tree, Sleeping Tree (because its leaves slowly close during the night and during periods of rain, the leaflets bowing downward as if the tree were sleeping); and Powder Puff Tree, because its flowers resemble a cheerleader's pom-poms.
Due to its ability to grow and reproduce along roadways and disturbed areas, Mimosas are considered in some areas of the country to be invasive.
The Mimosa tree can grow up to 40 feet tall in the South, and blooms from early to mid-summer.
But enough facts about Mimosa Trees let me show you why I found everything about this tree amazing -- from its showy flowers and delicate leaves to its graceful branches bending low.
The tree I photographed is probably 20 feet tall and has a canopy of approximately 30 feet, and as I stood under its branches and looked up, its leaves looked like delicate little ferns blowing gently in the breeze.
But the most interesting feature of the tree is its flowers, and although they are showy from a distance, they are truly spectacular up close!
The feathery "pom-poms" are the stamens, and if you click on the pictures, you can see their tiny green tips, which remind of fiber optic filaments ...
I hope you enjoyed seeing a Mimosa tree up close as much as I enjoyed capturing this one with my camera. If there is a tree in your neighborhood, stop by and take a closer look ... they are truly amazing.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
at 5:59 AM
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