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Mimosa dysocarpa: Velvetpod Mimosa

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Form: A rangy shrub with irregular growth if left unpruned.
Leaf retention: Deciduous.
Growth rate: Moderate.
Mature Size: 6-10' high and wide.
Flowers: Pink, aging to white, clustered flowers, each with ten stamens, in cylindrical spikes giving bottlebrush appearance, slightly fragrant.
Bloom: Mid spring into summer.
Fruit: Velvety bean pod.
Leaves: Small, green leaflets arrayed in pairs along an axis.
Stems: Thorns.
Roots: Nitrogen-fixing*.
Wildlife: Flowers attract insects, seeds attract quail.
Toxic / Danger: Thorns.
Origin: Arizona through Texas and Mexico.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 8-11.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun.
Water once established: Monthly.
Soil: Well drained, dry, pH 6.6-8.5 (neutral to alkaline). *Do not use a nitrogen fertilizer.
Prune: In dry season, prune back rangy branches to maintain shape and size.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Scarified seed or cuttings.
Uses: Ornamental, barrier, xeric garden.

This very rangy shrub takes pruning well. The variety M. dysocarpa var. wrightii has fewer thorns.

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Mimosa dysocarpa: Velvetpod Mimosa