Albizia tanganyicensis – Paperbark Albizia – Paperbark False Thorn – Paraserianthes

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Albizia – Paraserianthes

There are about 150 species of fast growing short lived deciduous trees and shrubs and of climber often found in poor soil in sub tropic and tropic regions of Africa, Asia to Australia in this genus.  It bears attractive feathery leaves and densely clustered globular small pink, cream, or white flowers in which stamens are far longer and more noticeable then the petals.  After flowers, flattened pods appear.  Both foliage seedpods provide nutritious feed for livestock and the powered bark as been used as soap.

Under glass grow in soil based potting mix in full light with shade from hot sun and water freely during growing season and apply a liquid balanced fertilizer monthly.  Water sparingly in winter. Position in full light with shade from hot sun.

Outdoors they require moisture and warm summer in moderate fertile to poor soil that’s well drained in full sun.

Prone spider mites, white flies, and a variety of fungi cause twig dieback and gall, and vascular wilts.

Albizia tanganyicensis – Paperbark Albizia – Paperbark False Thorn – Found on plateaus of East Africa form Tanzania grows 40’ feet tall.   It forms an open crown and crooked limbs with bark striking cream and papery peeling off in large sheets that turn reddish brown to reveal smooth pale green new bark.   It blooms late winter and spring with sweetly scented white flowers followed by 12” purplish brown flat pods.

Zones 9-11