I have planted and admired this legume tree since some years now and I actually don't even know the name..... it is to be found in Tenerife all the way from the coast to 800meters over sea level. Coast is at minimum temperature of 13ºC and at 800 it might reach 5ºC.
Thank you for your help
Bryant RedHawk wrote:It appears to be a specimen of Albizia julibrissin also called the Persian silk tree, pink silk tree, Mimosa, and several other names.
I am not sure about that as it has not the tipical pink flowers of Albizia julibrissin, the flowers are only whitish-yellowish and much smaller then the ones of Albizia julibrissin .....
Doing a little more searching, the Silver Wattle (a species of acacia) has a lighter yellow flower, leaves like that and is present in Spain. To further confuse matters, one of it's common names is mimosa.
Steve Farmer wrote:Just looking at google images of both these latin names, How do you tell the difference when not flowering? Loads of them growing along side of road near me and Ive got some baby trees from seeds I collected. The young trees are indistinguishable from young leucaena leucocephala but the seed pods of Leucaena are quite different. I thought I had identified it as a yellow flame, seed pods look the same between yellow flame and wattle? What tool did you use for i.d. I've got a few other leguminous looking trees I'm not quite sure about.
Leucaena leaves are darker, I knew because I know the flower but didn't had any picture. Where are you based in tenerife? do you have a farm? How is it called ?
Does it show allelopathic tendencies towards other plants and trees? (this would show up as stunted growth of other, surrounding plants and trees)
shape, size and colors of the flowers. There are several in this genus that have yellow flowers but each is significantly different, (size of flower, shape of petals)