Friday, 13 December 2019

Mimosa Tree

My grandparents in their home in the village of Foshtom (in Gilan, Iran), had a tree that was so exotic looking. I never saw it anywhere else in Iran and I always thought of it as an exotic tree from a far away place.

In Europe I saw many such trees. Recently I learned this tree is called Mimosa Tree, or Persian Silk Tree or Pink Silk Tree and that it is a native of Iran. In 1800s it was brought to Europe by an Italian and from there to Florida, California, Panama and elsewhere!

I have decided to buy this tree and plant it in my home in Panama as a way to remember my grandparents.

The flowers are like silk and when I was a kid (and even now) I loved to rub one on my face. It just feels so good! 

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