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By Larch31

London, United Kingdom Gb

I have a small London garden and have recently become overlooked by loft conversions. A friend recommended buying a mimosa tree to block the view. I've bought a nice looking 5 ft tree from a trade outlet but when I got it home I saw it is a mimosa rustika and not a mimosa dealbata! I have tried to find out what the difference is but can't seem to find anything about a mimosa rustika. Does anyone know ? eg. will this tree grow as tall as a dealbata? It seems to have quite pale yellow flowers - not as bright as the dealbata - and not such dense leaves. Will it be OK for screening or should I replace it with the more common dealbata??

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From 'Plants for a Future' : Prefers a light sandy loam and a very sunny position sheltered from strong winds. Succeeds in any good garden soil that is not excessively limey[11], it also succeeds in dry soils. Most species in this genus become chlorotic on limey soils. Plants tolerate temperatures down to about -5°c. This species is one of the hardiest members of the genus, it succeeds outdoors in the milder areas of the country, but even in Cornwall it can be killed back to the ground in excessively harsh winters. It will, however, usually resprout from the base. Plants require hot, sunny summers if they are to ripen their wood fully and flower freely. In Britain they tend to do best when grown in coastal gardens in a sunny, sheltered position that is protected from the wind. A fast-growing and very ornamental tree, it is closely related to A. dealbata. The cultivar 'Mollis' is notably resistant to honey fungus. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby.

18 Apr, 2010


did you know that you can have trellis as high as you like above your 6 foot fence.then you can grow a quick growing climber like virginia creeper up it .

19 Apr, 2010

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