Summer Chocolate Mimosa Tree
Summer Chocolate Mimosa Leaf
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Summer Chocolate Mimosa Tree
Summer Chocolate Mimosa Leaf
Summer Chocolate Mimosa Additional Product Shot 473
Summer Chocolate Mimosa Additional Product Shot 37
Summer Chocolate Mimosa Additional Product Shot 555

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 7-10
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Summer Chocolate Mimosa
Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate'

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Bower & Branch Mimosa trees only ship from June-October. The Summer Chocolate Mimosa tree looks good enough to eat!  With its decadent chocolate-purple foliage, this stunning ornamental tree looks as though it might belong in Willy Wonka’s famous factory.  Plant the small- to medium-sized Summer Chocolate Mimosa (a.k.a. Summer Chocolate Silk Tree) in a prominent spot where you and your guests can take in its chocolaty goodness all season long.  In summer, pull up a cozy chair under this fast-growing tree’s arching branches and watch the hummingbirds duke it out over the fluffy, cotton-candy-pink flowers.  Once you see this gorgeous new tree, you just might find yourself singing, “Don’t care how—I want it NOW!”

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 7-10
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

Mimosa Trees are native from Iran to Japan, and it was in Japan where Summer Chocolate was discovered, in 1990.  Dr. Masato Yokoi was the lucky guy—a plantsman with a special interest in variegated plants (he also introduced the popular variegated ornamental grass called ‘Morning Light’).  Summer Chocolate caused quite a stir when it hit the States in 2001.  Everyone who saw it wanted one, and many had to settle for putting their name on a waiting list.

The Details

Got your attention, didn't it? The delicate bronzy spring foliage deepens to a rich chocolate-burgundy color in summer that will make you melt! It also produces those same powder puff flowers as the original Mimosa tree. Summer Chocolate attracts hummingbirds and a few passers-by I'm sure. A perfect and unique addition to any garden.

How to Grow

Summer Chocolate isn’t as cold-hardy as regular green-leaved Mimosas, which some early customers found out the hard way.  The breaking point is probably around 0°F.  Planting it near a warm south-facing wall may afford a few extra precious degrees.  In the summer, though, this tree doesn’t like to be babied.  It likes full-on blazing sun and dry soil.  Mimosas can be struck down by verticillium wilt, and webworm can be a problem, but really, we can’t think of a single gardener who wouldn’t take a chance on this tree if the winters were even close to mild enough.  It’s that stunning.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 10
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 20'
Avg Mature Width 15'
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Medium-Fast
Leaf Color Deep Burgundy
Flower Color Pink
Flower Time Summer
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: A

Size A

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size A Trees:

About 4-5' tall and fairly full with developed branches. One person can handle our #5 or #7 tree container.

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Summer Chocolate Mimosa Tree
Summer Chocolate Mimosa Leaf
Summer Chocolate Mimosa Additional Product Shot 473
Summer Chocolate Mimosa Additional Product Shot 37
Summer Chocolate Mimosa Additional Product Shot 555