It’s hard not to feel whimsical about Mimosa trees. In bloom now, these trees burst onto the landscape with fuzzy pink poofs that look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. They smell nice and are welcoming to all sorts of wildlife, including butterflies and hummingbirds. What a botanical delight!
But then there’s the real story. Mimosas are not native, having arrived to the U.S. from China. While they have their charm, there’s a long list of what’s wrong with this plant:
So how to deal with these plants? Experts recommend cutting them down at ground level. Because they are so resilient, you’ll need to watch for new growths and cut those away or use a herbicide.