This plant, also known as Mimosa, has alternate, compound leaves up to 20” long. The foliage is dark green on slender greenish-gray stems. It reaches 20-35’ high. These plants are late to leaf out and the leaves fall after the first frost. The numerous fragrant flowers are light to deep pink and look like little brushes with their one-inch, threadlike stamens. They bloom from May to August. The thin pod is five to seven inches long, light straw to gray brown in color, and persists through winter. This tree is sensitive to temperatures below O°F. Native: Iran to central China.
New leaves are sticky, which distinguishes this species from other alders. Leaves are rounded to pear shape and coarsely toothed on the edges. This tree grows 40-60’ in height. In late winter, the bare branches are decorated with tassel-like male catkins and female cones. The mini-cones are used for decoration. Red dye can be obtained from alder bark, green dye from the catkins, and yellow dye from the young shoots. The bark can be used to tan leather. The pinkish-brown, relatively soft bark resists water, making it useful for the wooden footwear once widely worn in northwestern England. Native: Eurasia. Naturalized in the northeast United States.
> This shrub grows from 4-5’ tall with spreading branches and light-green foliage. Its beauty is in late April to early May when the pink or white, single or double blossoms open. The fruits are dark pink to red and are rarely produced. This is basically a one season plant. After blossoming, its appearance fades. Native: Central and northern China.
This upright, deciduous shrub has five to seven bright-green leaflets growing in a palmate fashion. The stems are light-brown and warty, with one or two prickles beneath each narrow leaf-scar. The flowers are small, greenish white to yellow. The black berry fruit is sparse. It grows 8-10’ high and wide. This plant grows well in most environments. Native: Japan.