Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)

Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)

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Common Name(s): Mimosa, Silktree

Scientific Name: Albizia julibrissin

Distribution: Native to Asia; widely planted as an ornamental

Tree Size: 30-40 ft (9-12 m) tall, 1-2 ft (.3-.6 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 34 lbs/ft3 (540 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .44, .54

Janka Hardness: 770 lbf (3,430 N)

Modulus of Rupture: No data available

Elastic Modulus: No data available

Crushing Strength: No data available

Shrinkage: No data available

Color/Appearance: Color varies from light brown to deeper golden or reddish brown. Sapwood is pale yellow and is demarcated from the heartwood. Color darkens with age.

Grain/Texture: Has a coarse, somewhat uneven texture with good natural luster.

Endgrain: Semi-ring-porous; solitary and radial multiples; large to very large pores grading down to medium, few; reddish brown deposits occasionally present; parenchyma vasicentric, lozenge, confluent, and marginal; medium rays, spacing normal.

Rot Resistance: No data available.

Workability: No data available.

Odor: No characteristic odor.

Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Mimosa has been reported to cause respiratory irritation. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

Pricing/Availability: Not typically harvested commercially for lumber. Pieces are occasionally available for sale form hobbyist or small custom sawmills. Prices should be in the mid to upper range for a domestic hardwood.

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Turned objects and furniture.

Comments: Mimosa has been planted as an ornamental tree in many locales. It tends to be a short-lived tree that’s considered an invasive species in some areas. Unlike other exotic Albizia species which are diffuse porous, Mimosa tends to be semi-ring-porous, especially when grown in temperate regions.

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Scans/Pictures: A special thanks to Mike Leigher for providing the wood sample of this wood species.

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