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Photo Locations: Hilo, HI
A fast growing, large tree, tolerant of poor soils with a shallow, wide root system, which can fail in storms. Its brittleness makes this tree a poor choice for planting around buildings, sidewalks, and roads. This species is often found in old pastures and its leaves are used as fodder and its limbs for fuel wood. Albizia lebbeck has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 7 (High Risk).
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to North Africa to North Australia.
Additional Common Names
SIRIS TREE, WHITE MONKEYPOD, LEBBEK TREE, FRYWOOD, KOKO, WOMAN'S TONGUE TREE, FLEA TREE, SIRIS, ACACIA LEBBEK, MIMOSA LEBBECK, INDIAN SIRIS, EAST IND
High Canopy and Extensive Area.
Rounded or Spreading Shape.
Has Partly Deciduous foliage.
Height: 60-80 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Leaves Bipinnately Compound, Green, Golden or Yellow or Orange, Partly Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant White or Cream. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Legume, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches).
Shading Capacity Rated as out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Flowers, Dry Fruit and Leaves.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 12.
Exposure Full Sun.
Salinity Tolerance is Good Inland.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Scales and Nematodes.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Weak.
Special Uses & Values
Agricultural Shade Tree.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Albizia lebbeck Tree Record." 1995-2021. Apr 17, 2021.
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