Albizia julibrissin is a deciduous tree that belongs to the Fabaceae family and originates from Asia. The generic word "Albizia" comes from the famous Italian nobleman Filippo degli Albizia, who brought the tree to Europe in the 18th century. As for the name of the species "julibrissin", this word has Persian roots and means "silk flower".
Albizia julibrissin is easily identified by its horizontally growing olive-green branches, dark gray bark, and pinnately divided leaves that can reach 40 cm (15.75 in) long.
Flowers in a dense inflorescence on a long stem bloom all summer, look like silky threads and have white or pink stamens and a white base.
The pods are brown, rarely open, up to 20 cm (8 in) long, and contain several seeds inside.