Plant of the Month – Magical Mimosa

The Magical Mimosa transitions the seasons from winter to spring with bold and bright colour year after year! The canary-yellow blooms of the Flowering Mimosa tree and bush are a spectacular sight from March to May every year. This is why we have chosen this beautiful plant for our January Plant of the Month.

Hundreds of bobbly yellow blooms smother the branches of the Mimosa tree in a lemon haze, almost hiding the stunning grey green filigree foliage that makes this tree a handsome year-round feature in the garden. The eye-catching pom-pom blooms not only look a picture but carry a heavenly fragrance and provide a valuable nectar source for friendly insects that emerge in milder weather, altogether a super tree to own!

Widely seen across southern Europe, this variety will thrive outdoors in most of the UK too and is a great plant for conservatories or sunny corners of a room indoors in regions prone to severe frost. It’s a great choice for a large container too producing a unique feature tree. Winter Hardy down to -5, will need protecting on cold frosty days.


Beautiful Pom Pom like blooms

Planting Advice for Mimosa:

  • Grow mimosa in a sunny, sheltered site in well-drained, neutral to acid soil.  Protect from frost and winds.
  • Best planted in the spring, after all danger of frosts has passed, so that new wood is given the longest possible ripening period before its first winter.
  • If you garden in an exposed or frost-prone area, then Mimosa is best grown in a large pot where it will make a great conservatory plant and should be watered only occasionally over winter.
  • Dig a planting hole 3 x wider than the roots of the shrub you’re planting and mix some well-rotted compost or manure with the soil from the hole and use this to re-fill once the shrub is in place.
  • Before planting soak container-grown shrubs thoroughly and allow to drain.
  • Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
  • Add Mycorrhizal fungi to the roots when planting to help plants establish quicker.
  • Place your shrub in the hole at the same level at the pot and refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling).
  • Firm in the soil with your heel, avoiding the root ball and water well.
  • Mulch around the base of the plant with a collar, compost, gravel, bark etc.
  • Use the best ericaceous compost you can buy and some sand or grit for drainage.

Caring for your Mimosa:

  • You’ll need to provide shelter from the worst of the winter weather as Mimosa does not like the cold.
  • If damaged by cold weather, it should regrow from the base as a multi-stem, which is ideal if planted in a small garden as it will restrict its growth.
  • All new growth is more susceptible to damage from cold weather, so provide adequate frost protection for the first two years to help it survive.

If you love the look of this plant – here is the link to buy it.

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