How to Plant Mimosa Trees

Mimosa trees are sometimes called silk trees because of their silky flowers. image by Christa Richert/


Mimosa trees are classified as small- to medium-size ornamental trees. Each spring, they grow fragrant pink, yellow or purple blooms that attract hummingbirds. They can tolerate drought conditions, if necessary. Mimosa trees are also called silk trees because their flowers are so soft.

Step 1

Select a location. A mimosa tree can grow up to 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Mimosas can be planted in full sun or in partial shade.

Step 2

Dig a hole that is approximately two times the width and depth of the root ball.

Step 3

Take the tree out of the pot or take off the netting around the root ball. Break up any compact dirt around the roots so they can properly grow.

Step 4

Place the tree inside the hole. The roots should face down and the trunk should be completely straight.

Step 5

Fill the dirt back into the hole. Water the tree and pat down the dirt so there are no air pockets.

Step 6

Clear grass and weeds away to form a 2- to 3-foot perimeter around the tree. This way, the grass and weeds do not take in the water and nutrients the mimosa tree needs. Add mulch if desired.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Water


Keywords: silk trees, ornamental trees, attract hummingbird

About this Author

Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Photo by: Christa Richert/