The name of Albizia was given in honor of the Italian naturalist Albizzi. The genus includes small trees and shrubs all originating in warm climates; they are related to the acacias and are cultivated for the leaves, whose shape closely resembles those of the mimosa, and for the small, numerous flowers, with a characteristic pea shape and with prominent stamens and like a brush.
Cultivated species of Albizzia:
in Italy it is cultivated frequently, with the exception of the colder areas, in parks and gardens the Albizzia julibrissin (gaggia of Constantinople). It is a sapling able to reach 10 meters in height. The flowers are pink and open in late summer; the var is also cultivated. rosea, smaller, more resistant to cold and characterized by deep pink flowers. The gaggia of Constantinople is a plant native to Western Asia.
it wants ordinary soils that are not too heavy and it is often advisable to grow it close to a high wall that protects it from cold winds, unless it is grown in particularly hot places. It is multiplied by seeds sown at the beginning of spring in a sheltered place. The seedlings are then transplanted outdoors in May. In the most rigid areas the plants can be kept in pots and then put outdoors in the warmer months and kept indoors in winter.