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Old 08-21-2009, 01:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I have this coming up now in my yard. NONE of the other little ones are this color. I have had Mimosa for years and years in different regions in Texas and have never had this. Have any of you seen or had this? If so, do the leaves remain red?


This is a normal colored baby.

There is a normal colored baby coming up right beside it. The red one has red stems as well and the green baby has green stems.

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Old 08-21-2009, 01:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very cool! Mimosa come up like weeds here and I've never seen a red one. Maybe it's a new "sport" and you'll have the next new big thing on your hands! Good luck with it. Keep us posted.
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That would be fun wouldn't it? I will keep my eye on it and take pictures of it every so often. Thanks for the reply Bob!
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I live in Philly and someone in my neighborhood has a mimosa that is a deep purple color. Before I moved here I havn't seen anything other than green either. I'll try to post a pic if I can remember where it is.
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Thanks r3tic. I would like to see pictures of a purple one. I believe I have heard of a Chocolate Mimosa but have never seen one. Maybe this little red fellow will turn out to be chocolate or purple. The Mother tree is a regular green one so I don't know how the color came about. I am hoping for a sport now that Bob suggested it.

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It looks like the plant is producing anthocyanin to protect the new growth from sunlight.
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I have seen it in Zone 9 Florida where they are an invasive exotic species. I eliminate every one that came up on my property with Extreme Prejudice!
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I can't seem to remember where the purple one is in my neighborhood. I looked it up, and it is in fact one of the chocolate mimosas. Keep us updated on the coloring of yours.
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Caloosamusa, yes I saw Mimosa listed in Florida and Alabama as invasive species. Are the red ones, or chocolate as common there also? When I was looking up the chocolate mimosa information I came across that information. There are so many that are invasive to Florida that either aren't listed or not a problem in other states with the different growing conditions. Air potato comes to mind too. Isn't that the kudzu of Florida?

r3tic, I looked up the Chocolate Mimosa after I posted here and did see pictures on the net of a young one that had similar coloring. It was a little more purple or deeper in color that my little guy, but it could be that mine is such a young baby sprout. I will like it either way. Pricing the chocolates online - they run $150 for a 5 gallon size. YowZa!
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Very interesting. I have a few seedlings in my yard. Trying to grow mature one for yard.
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I think Mamosa trees are beautiful, but I had no idea they were invasive. I no longer want one anymore! This being the reason I don't ever want locust trees or trumpet vine. I plan on having enough gardening things to tend to....don't need to also constantly battle invasive species that try to take over new areas of my property!
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There is a normal colored baby coming up right beside it.[/quote]

Spending summer vacations in my father's mountainous region home, I remember this creeping plant as "makahiya". It's the Filipino term for "shy" depicting the plant's reaction to touch--dramatically folding its leaves, then reopening.

I played with them on my solitary sojourns through the fields, mercilessly taunting them by brushing their leaves--simply fascinating to see them close, open, and close repeatedly. The plant wreaked revenge with prickly thorns on barefeet--which of course children cavorting in fields always were. The stuff was everywhere--between rice paddies, etc.

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Spending summer vacations in my father's mountainous region home, I remember this creeping plant as "makahiya". It's the Filipino term for "shy" depicting the plant's reaction to touch--dramatically folding its leaves, then reopening.
Sounds like you're talking about a 'sensitive plant.' That's the only plant that displays those characteristics I know of anyway. It looks very similar to the mimosa pictured here. I just looked it up on Wikipedia and it's called a Mimosa pudica (so apparently is in the same genus...hence why it looks similar LOL). Is that what you are talking about?
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Good evening Japanese Bananas,

Kudzu and air potatoes are two different plants if I remember correctly, we have them both. To get rid of Kudzu, harvest and cook the root tuber. With air potatoes, toss into the nearest bonfire! These may act the same way, smothering native vegetation like passion vines in Hawaii, but in areas these plants grow they present similar problems.

Down in south Florida, an Acacia tree is becoming more of a problem than Melaleuca, Brazilian Pepper, and Australian Pine.

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Sounds like you're talking about a 'sensitive plant.' That's the only plant that displays those characteristics I know of anyway. It looks very similar to the mimosa pictured here. I just looked it up on Wikipedia and it's called a Mimosa pudica (so apparently is in the same genus...hence why it looks similar LOL). Is that what you are talking about?

Wikepedia does, in fact, list m. pudica as "makahiya". It grew underfoot nearly everywhere I roamed to play in the fields, and I was nearly always barefeet during summer vacations in the country. Very bad plant to mess with. And mess with it I did--with a stick.
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