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Albizia lebbeck which is also known as Lebbeck, Lebbek Tree, Flea Tree, Fry wood, Koko and Woman’s tongues Tree is a species of Albizia




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Albizia lebbeck which is also known as Lebbeck, Lebbek Tree, Flea Tree, Fry wood, Koko and Woman’s tongues Tree is a species of Albizia and is a native to tropical southern Asia, and other tropical and subtropical regions. This is a tree that can grow up to a height of 18–30 m and the trunk can grow wide to about 50 cm to 1 m in diameter.

The leaves appear in one to four pairs of pinnate and are about 7.5–15 cm in length. Each pinnate has leaflets of 6-18. The flowers are white in color and have fragrance. They have stamens that are about 2.5–3.8 cm long.

This plant is used in forage, medicine and wood. This tree is used for its timber in India. It is a source of nectar for honey bees.

This tree is used as an astringent, to treat boils, cough, to treat the eye, flu, gingivitis, lung problems, pectoral problems, as a tonic, abdominal tumors and for treating inflammation. It is used to cure bruises and as a vermicide. It has antidepressant properties.

Growing/Caring conditions for Albizia Lebbeck:
– This plant can be propagated from seed.
– Scarify the seed coat by rubbing the seeds on sandpaper.
– Soak the seeds in hot water so that they swell.
– If stratification is done by placing the seed in moist towel, stratify for about 6 weeks.
– Sow the seeds and cover them will soil.
– Expose them to the indirect light.
– This plant needs low grade soil.
– The extreme cold may damage or kill small Albizia plants so care should be taken.
– Once the plants are large enough to handle, transplant them.
– Plant in spring.
– This plant need full sun and a sheltered position.
– This plant does not require pruning.
– This plant can grow in hardy zones of USDA 6.
– Maintain the night temperatures to 55°F or above.
– Add a slow release organic fertilizer for good growth.
– Keep the seeds moist until germination.
– Mulch the plant in early season.
– The plants should be watered around the soil to ensure soil to root contact.
– This plant needs moderately fertile and well drained soil.
– The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils.
– The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.
– Mulch with a 2-inch layer of bark or gravel mulch around the base for the plant to retain moisture and to keep the roots damp.
– Maintain evenly moist soil.





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