No one will argue that the Mimosa Tree isn't beautiful. With it's pink "powder puff" crown atop fern like leaves, it is an eye catcher in the landscape.
Originally from China, Mimosa or Silk tree was introduced to the United States in 1745 and cultivated since the 18th century primarily for use as an ornamental. Mimosa remains a popular ornamental because of its fragrant and showy flowers. Due to its ability to grow and reproduce along roadways and disturbed areas, and its tendency to readily establish after escaping from cultivation, mimosa is considered a Category II invasive by Florida’s Exotic Pest Plant Council and should not be planted in residential landscapes.Invasive non-native plants can outgrow, replace, and otherwise destroy our native plants. That's because non-native plants usually do not have their natural enemies -- the diseases, insects and other environmental stresses -- that keep them in check in their native ranges. The destruction and replacement of our native plants has several significant consequences:
- Our natural biodiversity is destroyed;
- Our native plants can be eliminated;
- Our wildlife have evolved to use native plants are not able to make use of non-native plants. As a result, they leave the area or die off.