Trees

The beautiful Acacia of Constantinople

Among plant fans we can find those who are lovers of today’s protagonist, the Albizia julibrissin, better known as Acacia of Constantinople. It really has nothing to do with Acacia, but its similarity to them makes them known by that name.

It is a beautiful tree ideal for all types of gardens. In the small ones it will look spectacular as an isolated specimen and in the larger gardens, they can be planted in rows, placing a specimen on both sides of a path, or wherever you like best.

Characteristics of the Acacia of Constantinople

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The Acacia of Constantinople is a tree native to the Asian continent. It can grow to about 12 meters, although it is rare that in cultivation it exceeds 6-7 meters. It has neither a very fast nor a very slow growth, rather its growth rate is medium.

In windy areas it needs to be subject to a tutor for at least one or two years, as the trunk can break easily, especially if the specimen is young. You can use a log of wood that you can bury near the young specimen or use a not very thick metal rod grape. With a little rope it will be fine.

Albizia likes to be located in full sun, although it can be adapted if it has sun in the morning and some shade in the afternoon, since it is an ideal tree to provide a little shade in summer. In winter, however, it will lose its leaves, but in spring it will sprout again since it is a deciduous tree.

The good news is that its glass is not pointed, but rather open. What gives the tree a lot of width, providing enough ground where there will be shade.

In addition, its easy cultivation and maintenance allows you to have a tree obtained from seed, or to acquire it in a nursery. The difficulty with which this tree is planted is very low and does not require as much maintenance to make them grow

Starting with the bark of this great tree, it should be noted that its color is dark gray, but the vast majority turn green at a certain point of maturity. The older the plant is, the number of vertical stripes that appear on its trunk will increase.

It is curious that this plant has small leaves and still can provide excellent shade and cover an entire space and not let r passing sun rays. For this reason, there is a tendency to believe that large and/ or wide leaves, but this is not the case.

From the main trunk, increasingly thin branches are created. Some thick enough to be branches of good size and thickness, but others very thin and small that will give rise to the leaves.

And it is from here where the leaves take their place, being small clusters where smaller clusters that contain the leaves are detached. A single cluster of these can have up to 20 or more leaves, and from the main branch, a greater quantity can be derived.

This plant blooms towards spring and flowering can last until summer. They can even be seen until early fall. S or bloom is changing as it grows and can flourish during the month of June, flowering time can and will commence in September. To the point of covering three months from September.

The smell that the Albizia julibrissin flower gives off is simply unique and pleasant, so whoever is under this plant while it is in its flowering phase will have a pleasant aroma for a while.

The fruit (the legume) will ripen in autumn, turning brown. That is when we can collect the fruits to obtain new plants. Once at home, we will open the legume and remove the seeds that are inside.

Reproduction

By seeds

Unfortunately, it is an intermediate growing plant, but the good thing is that it generates a vast amount of seeds that can be used for its cultivation and reproduction, although it can also be easily reproduced through its cuttings.

Once the plant has fully flowered, this is when you can acquire the seeds that are legumes in a way. These are usually green in color, but will change to brown in the fall. This color is indicative that the seed is ripe.

Keep in mind that if you intend to take its seeds to plant them in your home, garden or any other space, you must know that you have to open the legume. From there proceed to remove the cover that has waterproof characteristics, and then you just have to wait long enough.

To achieve a higher percentage of germination, the need to subject the thermal shock, that is, you have to put inside of a glass with boiling water for 1 second, and after 24h in another glass of water at room temperature.

They will then be placed in seedbeds in full sun, preferably 1-2 seeds in each pot/ socket. The Acacia of Constantinople is a very beautiful tree that will help give that tropical touch that you like so much in the gardens.

By stem or cuttings

In case you want to opt for the option of cuttings or stem fragments of Albizia julibrissin, you have to do a different procedure. For this occasion, you will have to cut a portion of about 1.5 cm of stem. This small portion should be planted specifically when spring is beginning.

It is recommended that you take into account the constancy of irrigation and the amount of it. Of all the irrigations, the first is the most important, since it will serve to stabilize the soil that has been removed to plant the cut stem.

On the other hand, you do not need to give it special care, just give it constant watering but not so abundant in order to avoid waterlogging. It can be nourished only with water and you must be careful that the soil is not too wet for a long time.

Applications

Obviously it is a plant whose characteristics make it perfect to have them in the center of a garden or create natural paths. But the truth is that they are not the only uses that can be given.

Surprisingly, the plant has medicinal properties that many are unaware of. Although it is not entirely determined, it is said that this panta can be perfect for cases of people who suffer or are going through an episode of anxiety or depression.

In the same way, its flowers are very useful to prepare infusions. These infusions can benefit you in terms of:

  • Problems with intestinal gas
  • It can be used as a natural sedative.
  • It has properties that allow it to be used as a tonic.
  • Helps in the digestion process.
  • It offers greater ease to people who go through an episode of insomnia, or suffer from it.
  • Effective for treating mild respiratory problems.
  • Effective in controlling or reducing memory loss.

On the other hand, the flower is not the only thing that can be used as a plant, but also its stem. This is how the benefits or uses that can be given to the stem are attributed to:

  • Preparation of analgesics.
  • As a natural dewormer.
  • Powerful diuretic
  • It can help in the birthing process for women.
  • Helps control abscesses that appear on the skin.
  • Helps to stimulate healing on the skin.

Diseases

The resistance of this plant to the problems caused by typical diseases is quite high, since it is very rare for it to get sick. The only problem that exists is that being a plant with too many benefits for human health, it is highly coveted.

But as such, this plant does not have any type of diseases, much less is it prone to common pests. In case you need to use insecticide, it may only be due to the scale, but any insecticide is effective and in a very short time, the plant will be fine.

This is basically the most remarkable and important thing about this beautiful and useful plant. If you have the opportunity to have it in your garden or personal land, do not hesitate to choose one of the ways that we have provided for its cultivation. In the future you will feel grateful for not having missed this opportunity.

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