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Silk Tree Summer Chocolate in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate'

 

Silk Tree 'Summer Chocolate'

Albizia can be deciduous trees, shrubs or climbers. They have attractive bipinnate leaves with small leaflets, and flower-heads that consist of many small flowers with prominent stamens.In cooler climes it is best grown in a conservatory or greenhouse, or in a large pot that can be moved indoors in Winter. The shedding of the flowers cause problems, so don't have one close to eating areas. Don't plant close to home, sidewalk or driveways due to roots spreading and causing damage. 'Summer Chocolate' is a deciduous large shrub or small tree. It has a domed crown, and mature leaves are burgundy coloured, and somewhat fern-like. The silky pink-cream flowers contrast with the dark leaves, and are attractive to birds and butterflies.The flowers are followed by flat seedpods which stay on the tree into the Winter.

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plant Features
  • Silk Tree Summer Chocolate likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Silk Tree Summer Chocolate likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Silk Tree Summer Chocolate is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Silk Tree Summer Chocolate likes free draining

    Free draining

 
Available to buy from 1 store(s) in the UK
 
plant information

Common name

Silk Tree 'Summer Chocolate'

Latin name

Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate'

type

Tree

family

Fabaceae

ph

5.0 - 8.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Silk Tree Summer Chocolate likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Silk Tree Summer Chocolate is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Silk Tree Summer Chocolate likes free draining

    Free draining

  • Water

    Silk Tree Summer Chocolate likes very little water

    Very little water

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Silk Tree Summer Chocolate is 4.00meters x 6.00meters 4.00 M 6.00 M

Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate'

Albizia can be deciduous trees, shrubs or climbers. They have attractive bipinnate leaves with small leaflets, and flower-heads that consist of many small flowers with prominent stamens.In cooler climes it is best grown in a conservatory or greenhouse, or in a large pot that can be moved indoors in Winter. The shedding of the flowers cause problems, so don't have one close to eating areas. Don't plant close to home, sidewalk or driveways due to roots spreading and causing damage. 'Summer Chocolate' is a deciduous large shrub or small tree. It has a domed crown, and mature leaves are burgundy coloured, and somewhat fern-like. The silky pink-cream flowers contrast with the dark leaves, and are attractive to birds and butterflies.The flowers are followed by flat seedpods which stay on the tree into the Winter.


Planting Outdoors

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Plant container grow plants out in spring in full sun.

 

Propagation by cuttings

From Late Summer TO Mid Autumn

Semi hard wood cuttings are taken from the current years growth from late summer to mid autumn the bottom of the cuttings is hard and soft on the top. With a sharp knife take a cutting of about 14cms, remove lowest leaves, dip end into rooting hormone, and place round the edge of a pot filled with a suitable compost, water well, they must remain moist till rooted, place under glass but in semi shade.

 

Propagation by seed

From Late Summer TO Mid Autumn

Seeds can be collected from the pods that form after flowers have died. The seed will have to be soaked in hot water so that the seed case softens when they have cooled off plant in pots deep enough to allow the main root is not hurt when transplanting.

 

Flowering

From Early Summer TO Late Summer

The silk tree flowers appear in Summer. The flowers are corymbs with prominent stamens that give them the silky look. They are followed by flat brown seed-pods

 
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