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growing Albyzias in the Creuse
by ihusker • Sun 23 Feb 2014 16:11

Hi, I wonder if anyone has successfully grown albyzias outdoors in the Creuse.
A couple of years ago I was given some seed by a friend in the Correze from her large tree which she has had for a number of years and flowers profusely each year.
I kept the seeds in the fridge all winter and planted them in pots in the spring and every one germinated. I have given away some and now have half a dozen left, which in the past I left with neighbours in France when I returned to UK for the winter. My neighbours now go away themselves for the winter so this last winter I dug some into the ground in a shady spot and covered them with hay and bracken, the rest I brought back to the Uk.
They are now getting a bit big to be carrying back and forth each winter so I am just wondering if it is too cold in the Creuse for them to survive. I don't recall seeing any
around so I would be grateful for any information and advice. Thanks

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Re: growing Albyzias in the Creuse
by virtdave • Mon 24 Feb 2014 00:46

I think it's often spelled albizia....there are lots of different ones--I've grown the one we call mimosa in the USA in a part of California where it does freeze, but is nowhere near as cold as Creuse. this site suggests it may be hardy to -20ÂșC, but it'd be dicey I'd imagine.

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Re: growing Albyzias in the Creuse
by ihusker • Mon 24 Feb 2014 18:48

Thanks virtdave for the reply and link which is very interesting. Yes this is the one I have and it was my spelling that was wrong. I think I'll try planting them out when I return next month and cover them with fleece before I leave and hope for the best.

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Re: growing Albyzias in the Creuse
by virtdave • Tue 25 Feb 2014 06:21

If a mimosa survives, it can be a pretty nice tree, especially viewed from above when in flower. Perhaps if you protect it in winter for a few years, it'll have a good chance. Ours was fairly large when mature, maybe 20 feet high.

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