Randalls Island Park Alliance

Summer’s Cheerleader

In What's in Bloom on September 6, 2012 at 11:28 am

By Dianne Crary

What plant looks like a cheerleader in mid-July and is in full bloom in mid-August?

  • It waves its filamentous reddish/pink pom-pons attracting our attention and delcaring that spring is not the only season that has beautiful blooms.
  • These pom-pons are set against a green background of a leaf in which the various smaller segments of the leaf (leaflets) resemble a fern.
  • The delicateness of the flower and leaf gives a light airy affect as they gently blow in the breeze.
    GIVE UP?

It is the mimosa or silk tree (Albizia julibrissin) that can be seen blooming along the East River in the Water’s Edge Garden.  Unfortunately, this tree has nothing to do with the champagne and orange juice drink known as a mimosa, but in Chinese medicine the extracts of the flowers and bark are used to promote happiness and to reduce anxiety and depression.

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