Albizia lebbeck

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Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth.

Fabaceae

Life form: tree
Usage: economic plant

Exposure: sun   9

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: falcate

Division: paripinnate

Shape: not specified
Fruit: not specified

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Inflorescence: cluster

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Fabanae
Ordo:
Fabales

Albizia lebbeck is a tree.

Naming

Albizia lebbeck was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was George Bentham, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1844.

Taxonomy

Albizia lebbeck is a species in the genus Albizia which contains approximately 150 to 205 species and belongs to the family of the Fabaceae (Legume Family). The type species of the genus is Albizia julibrissin.

Characteristics

Growth

The trees are comparatively long-lived and reach heights of 8 to 12 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Albizia lebbeck is deciduous. The paripinnate leaves are alternate. The leaflets are falcate and have entire margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Albizia lebbeck produces cluster of ligth-yellow flowers from May to September.

The trees produce yellow fruits in autumn.

Root System

Distribution

Albizia lebbeck is native to the Himalaya, India, Sri Lanka, Indochina, South China, northeastern Australia and the Malay Archipelago and is naturalized in the Southeast of the US.

Cultivation

The trees prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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