About 150 species of Albizia
are native to Africa, Asia, Australia,
and South America. They are shrubs, trees, and
woody vines. Some of the large tree species are used for timber. This species
is native to Asia. It has been cultivated in
the southern United States
for its large, rounded clusters of fragrant, pink flowers. The flowers are
followed by large numbers of bean-like pods. Seeds sprout readily in sunny
This tree is listed by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
as an exotic pest plant in north Florida.
It should not be planted in north Florida.
At the University
of North Florida, staff
is working to remove this species from the edges of woodlands and open pine