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Old 06-10-2010, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Raleigh, NC
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What is this fringe leaf flowering tree? I'm in Raleigh, NC. and this is blooming early June
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Old 06-10-2010, 07:26 AM
 
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That is a Mimosa tree. I have been reading that they are invasive so you might want to reconsider if you are thinking of planting one.
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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OMG sneak into the night and CUT IT DOWN...It is the DEVIL tree. Alot of people like the pretty pink flowers but it is ruining our natives because it is so invasive and the seeds land miles and miles away. Read other threads on this devil tree on this forum. Some threads have been quite heated.

even it it wasn't so invasive it shoots up suckers all over the lawn and they are terrible to get rid of it. Please don't plant it....
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:52 AM
 
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Heh, heh, heh....another mimosa discussion. LOL
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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I love this tree. It grows where nothing else will. Even pokeweed can't survive where it does. And yes, I know it's on the invasive list for my state. But who am I to say that Mother Nature is wrong to plant things where she does?


(That should get it started)
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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paperhouse- no need to stir up the pot. There are plenty of folks who will defend this DEVIL TREE without provocation.
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Old 06-10-2010, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I think they're beautiful, although I know how invasive they can be. I'd still plant one if I could. I've only seen one here in Denver. I imagine some winters gets cold enough here to kill them back, although I'm not sure what temperature does. I remember my grandparents having one that was killed back a time or two in winter, but then it started over and grew back fast. And how could you hate a tree named after an alcoholic drink that's made for morning?
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Old 06-10-2010, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Raleigh, NC
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Okay, so I've decided against the "Devil Tree"

They are beautiful and I did notice while walking near one that the grass is covered with Devil Offspring.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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If its close to a septic tank or underground plumbing of any kind you will have problems. The roots are relentless. There are two on my property near the wood line and don't give me any trouble. When seedlings spring up in the yard I just run over them with the mower and eventually they quit growing.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:30 PM
 
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When seedlings spring up in the yard I just run over them with the mower and eventually they quit growing.
Yeah, but if you miss one in a flower bed or shrub border, and it manages to get only about 6" tall, you can't pull it up to save your life!!

Well, maybe 6" is an exxageration, but seriously, you can't let them get very high or you cannot pull them up. Does no good to just break them off (unless you're mowing regularly, as you say) because they just come back. I've been breaking one off for years right next to my fence (on the neighbor's side!), and once I even put Roundup on the stubs....went away for 5 days this summer, came back, and it was two feet tall!

I have one in the back yard I want cut, but hubby likes it.
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