Mimosa-like plant found in Barstow, CA

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  1. spector

    spector Seedling

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    Has flowers almost exactly like mimosa blooms, but deep ruby red. The plant grows as a large shrub (over six feet high), rather than as a small tree, and the leaves, while similar to mimosa, are a bit darker and smaller. I found it being used as a landscape plant next to a hotel out there, and it had seed pods (again similar but not identical) to a mimosa, so I grabbed one off the ground. Two of the seeds sprouted. I am trying to identify it, because I want to give some to friends, but I don't want to inadvertently give them a pest plant!

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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I think it's a Callistemon 'Inferno' or Bottlebrush plant.
     
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    No, we have bottlebrush out here. It is very popular because it is so drought-tolerant. The leaves and flower are the wrong size and shape for that.
     
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    mimosa can be varied in shape and color ! looks like the typical mimosa used as popular landscape plants in the late 50`s and 60`s ! i love them ! the leaves will likely get larger as the plant grows ! have no idea what people have against the mimosa ! nice small tree if short lived,, just a little messy ! but thats a personal opinion !
     



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  6. spector

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    If it is mimosa, it grows in a form that no other mimosa I have seen grows in. The adult bushes were being used as landscaping, up against a building. It was brushy and shrubby, more of a tall hedge. Every mimosa I have ever had or raised has been a small tree.

    I will keep an eye on it and see if it shapes up then. :) They are not liked here because they are so invasive, but I agree with you. I grew up with three of them in our front lawn, and I am currently nursing one along as a bonsai. I planted its parent about ten years ago, and we had to take that tree out, unfortunately, when I had a new deck built. Loved that tree and it gave wonderful shade, but it was too close to the house and there was no way to keep it without building a weird deck with a hole in it. To thank it for its dedication, I planted and grew several babies and gave most of them away, but kept one little one to experiment.
     
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    I am not familiar with mimosas (except the kind you drink at brunch), but I appreciate your curiosity about this plant. And your investigating it by sowing the seeds, watching it grow, etc.
     
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    Part of my embarrassment about not being able to identify this thing is because I am a Master Gardener for my county. Granted, this plant was several counties south of me, but still, you would think I could figure it out! I am dangerous around any vegetation that can be propagated. I can't help myself. I have so many goofy plants growing around here just because I wanted to see if I could do it, I have lost track. Happily, we have plant sales every spring (except this last one), so I can donate a lot of them there!
     
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    in the 50`s and sixties they were about the only plant used in new home sales ! grew fast and had nice pretty blooms ! but now they are only found on fence rows ! locusts, cicadas love them and its lovely to sit outside in the evening and listen to them !
     
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    in looking at your second pic,, i do not think this is mimosa ! llet me look around tomorrow ! that bloom is not right for mimosa!
     
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    Mimosas are also known by the name of acacia even though they are thornless. Could be also called wattle. The flowers look like what we call silk tree.
     
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