Albizia chinensis

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Silk Tree
Albizia chinensis bark.jpg
Bark of Albizia chinensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Albizia
Species: A. chinensis
Binomial name
Albizia chinensis

Albizia chinensis is a species of legume in the genus Albizia, native to south and southeast Asia, from India to China and Indonesia.[1]

The genus is named after the Italian nobleman Filippo degli Albizzi, belonging to the famous Florentine family Albizzi, who introduced it to Europe in the mid-18th century, and it is sometimes incorrectly spelled Albizzia.

Seed of Albizia chinensis
Albizia chinensis leaves


Albizia chinensis is a deciduous or evergreen tree that reaches a height of up to 30–43 m. Its trunk has a diameter up to 1–2 m. Its flowers are stalked heads that aggregate into a yellow panicle. The fruits are indehiscent pods.[2]


Albizia chinensis is a browse tree, its leaves being readily eaten by goats. It is also a shade tree in plantations. It can be planted as an ornamental tree.[2]


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  2. ^ a b Heuzé V., Thiollet H., Tran G., Lebas F., 2018. Chinese albizia (Albizia chinensis). Feedipedia, a programme by INRA, CIRAD, AFZ and FAO.

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