Albizia julibrissin, Silk Tree
I saw this tree in flower yesterday in a local garden. It was late in the afternoon of another hot day and the flowers had unfortunately wilted and faded. There are no conspicuous petals on the flower just a tassel of stamens and on the bright pink form called 'Rosea' these make quite an impact. The tree is graceful and shapely with soft ferny foliage and it usually grows to about 5 metres. It is native from Iran to Japan and is commonly grown in Mediterranean gardens or in warm coastal gardens with a dry climate and light sandy soils. The genus Albizia was named after the Italian naturalist Albizzi in the 18th century.