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Commonly known as Persian acacia, Pink siris
The silk tree.
Genus of about 150 species of deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers from poor soils in tropical and sub-tropical areas from Africa and Asia to Australia.
The attractive, wispy flowers, amongst filigree foliage, appear on plants only a few years old and are a nectar source for bees.
Deciduous - mimosa-like leaves 30-45cm (12-18in) long. Flowers in terminal clusters 7-15cm (3-6in) wide.
Height - 6m (20ft)
Spread - 4-6m (12-20ft)
Tree - umbrella-shaped small tree.
Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - red spider mite, whitefly - more usually under glass - vascular wilt outside.
Place of origin - Iran to Japan.
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Soil Conditions - Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil
Tree Shape - Rounded to broadly spreading
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