Albizzia julibrissin rosea (Silk Tree) seeds
Beautiful, exotic looking, small tree with a flat topped, spreading canopy of fern like, sensitive foliage which curls up at night. The amazing, powder puff, fluffy flower heads are a vibrant shade of pink and smother the tree in summer. Will do best in a sunny spot and is drought tolerant making it a valuable addition to a Mediterranean garden. This type of Silk Tree differs from the typical form in that is is smaller and more cold tolerant - it has even been known to survive down to -25C! Well suited to Bonsai training.
Winner of the RHS Award of Gaden Merit.
Height: 4-7m, Spread: 2.5-4m but can be pruned to any size.
Position: Sun and well drained soil
Packet of 25 seeds
Pre-sowing Treatment: Soak the seeds in tepid water for 12 hours or until seeds start to swell.
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Sow very thinly in trays or pots of good seed compost at a depth of 3mm and place in a propagator or seal inside a polythene bag. Maintain an optimum temperature of 20-25C and germination should take place in 1-3 months.
Note: Germination can be very erratic, so sow thinly and prick out the seedlings as they become large enough to handle disturbing the rest of the compost as little as possible.
Growing Instructions: Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots. Overwinter at a temperature of about 5C.
Aftercare Instructions: Harden off and plant out when all risk of frost has passed 2m apart in a sheltered sunny site. Prefers a sunny spot in a rich, light, well drained soil.