Albizia Tree Names and Types

Picture of a Albizia Tree
Persian Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin)
Persian Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin)

The Albizia genus is made up of about 150 species of subtropical and tropical trees and shrubs with a short lifespan. Albizia leaves are pinnately or bipinnately compound and their small flowers are in bundles, with showy stamens much longer than the petals. This genus is found in Asia, Africa, Madagascar, Central, South, and southern North America and Australia, but mostly in the old world tropics.

Albizia are commonly known as Silk Tree, Albizia, and Siris. Another name commonly used is Albizzia. The name Albizia is used in species that are not widely known under a common name. Some species are given the name "mimosa" which correctly belongs to species in the related genus Mimosa. Unlike the species of Mimosa, Albizia flowers have much more than 10 stamens.

One of the most well known species of the Albizia genus is the Persian Silk Tree or Pink Siris , and in North America it is commonly grown as an ornamental tree, but has become naturalized in several US States, and is regarded as an invasive species.

Facts about the Albizia Genus of Trees
  • Genus Latin Scientific Name = Albizia.
  • Genus Latin Name Pronunciation: al-BIZ-ee-uh
  • Genus Latin Name Meaning: Named for Filipo del Albizzi, 18th century Florentine nobleman who introduced Albizia julibrissin into cultivation.
  • Genus Common Names = Albizia, Albizzia, Silk Tree, Siris
  • Number of Species (types) in the Albizia Genus = 168 Also see Former species incorrectly placed in the Albizia Genus below.
List of Albizia Trees, Albizia Genus - All known species, taxa types, organized by scientific Latin botanical name first and common names second
List of Albizia Tree Names
Botanical Tree NameCommon Tree Name
Albizia acle (syn. Mimosa acle) Akle, Acle, East Indian walnut
Albizia acrodena (Syn of: Archidendron bubalinum) ¡ ?
Albizia adianthifolia (syn. Albizia fastigiata) Flat-crown, West African Albizzia
Albizia adianthifolia var. intermedia¡ ?
Albizia adinocephala (syn. Pithecellobium adinocephalum) Cream Albizia
Albizia altissima ¡ ?
Albizia amaniensis ¡ ?
Albizia amara ¡ ?
Albizia amara ssp. amara¡ ?
Albizia amara ssp. sericocephala¡ ?
Albizia amoenissima ¡ ?
Albizia androyensis ¡ ?
Albizia angolensis ¡ ?
Albizia angulata ¡ ?
Albizia anthelmintica ¡ ?
Albizia antunesiana ¡ ?
Albizia arenicola ¡ ?
Albizia arunachalensis ¡ ?
Albizia atakataka ¡ ?
Albizia attopeuensis ¡ ?
Albizia aurisparsa ¡ ?
Albizia aylmeri ¡ ?
Albizia balabaka ¡ ?
Albizia barinensis ¡ ?
Albizia bequaerti ¡ ?
Albizia bernieri ¡ ?
Albizia berteriana Bertero Albizia
Albizia berteroana¡ ?
Albizia boinensis ¡ ?
Albizia boivinii ¡ ?
Albizia bracteata ¡ ?
Albizia brevifolia ¡ ?
Albizia brownei¡ ?
Albizia buntingii ¡ ?
Albizia burkartiana ¡ ?
Albizia burmanica ¡ ?
Albizia calcarea ¡ ?
Albizia callistemon (syn. Calliandra houstoniana var. anomala) ¡ ?
Albizia canescens Belmont Siris, Townsville Siris
Albizia carbonaria Naked Albizia, Cotton Varay
Albizia carrii ¡ ?
Albizia charpentieri ¡ ?
Albizia chevalieri ¡ ?
Albizia chinensis Chinese Albizia
Albizia chinensis var. chinensis¡ ?
Albizia chinensis var. smithiana¡ ?
Albizia commiphoroides ¡ ?
Albizia comorensis ¡ ?
Albizia comptonii ¡ ?
Albizia conjugato-pinnata ¡ ?
Albizia corbisieri ¡ ?
Albizia coriaria ¡ ?
Albizia coripatensis ¡ ?
Albizia corniculata ¡ ?
Albizia crassiramea (syn. Albizia lancangensis)¡ ?
Albizia cubana (Syn of: Pseudosamanea cubana) ¡ ?
Albizia decandra (Syn of: Pithecellobium decandrum) ¡ ?
Albizia deplanchei ¡ ?
Albizia divaricata ¡ ?
Albizia dolichadena ¡ ?
Albizia dubia ¡ ?
Albizia duckeana ¡ ?
Albizia duclouxii ¡ ?
Albizia edwallii (syn. Albizia austrobrasilica)¡ ?
Albizia elegans ¡ ?
Albizia eriorhachis ¡ ?
Albizia euryphylla ¡ ?
Albizia ferruginea Musase, Musase Albizia
Albizia flamignii ¡ ?
Albizia forbesii ¡ ?
Albizia fournieri (Syn of: Archidendropsis fournieri) ¡ ?
Albizia garrettii ¡ ?
Albizia gigantea ¡ ?
Albizia gillardinii ¡ ?
Albizia glaberrima ¡ ?
Albizia glaberrima var. glabrescens¡ ?
Albizia glabrior ¡ ?
Albizia glabripetala ¡ ?
Albizia grandibracteata ¡ ?
Albizia granulosa (Syn of: Feuilleea granulosa) ¡ ?
Albizia greveana ¡ ?
Albizia guachapele ¡ ?
Albizia guillainii ¡ ?
Albizia gummifera (syn. Albizia fastigiata)¡ ?
Albizia harveyi ¡ ?
Albizia hasslerii ¡ ?
Albizia heblirghd ¡ ?
Albizia inundata Maloxo, Muqum, Paloflojo, Timbo Blanco, Timbo-Ata, "Canafistula"
Albizia isenbergiana ¡ ?
Albizia jaubertiana ¡ ?
Albizia julibrissin Silk Tree, Persian Silk Tree, Pink Silk Tree, Pink Siris, Nemu Tree, Mimosa Tree, Bastard Tamarind, Lenkoran Acacia, (Japanese: Nemunoki, Nemurinoki, Nenenoki )
Albizia julibrissin var. mollis ¡ ?
Albizia julibrissin var. rosea (syn. Albizia rosea ) ¡ ?
Albizia kalkora Kalkora Mimosa
Albizia katangensis ¡ ?
Albizia kostermansii ¡ ?
Albizia lankaensis ¡ ?
Albizia lathamii ¡ ?
Albizia laurentii ¡ ?
Albizia lebbeck Lebbek Tree, Woman's Tongue Tree, Lebbeck, Frywood, Koko
Albizia lebbekoides Indian Albizia
Albizia leonardii ¡ ?
Albizia letestui ¡ ?
Albizia littoralis ¡ ?
Albizia lucidior ¡ ?
Albizia lugardi ¡ ?
Albizia mahalao ¡ ?
Albizia mainaea ¡ ?
Albizia malacophylla ¡ ?
Albizia masikororum ¡ ?
Albizia minyi ¡ ?
Albizia morombensis ¡ ?
Albizia mossambicensis ¡ ?
Albizia mossamedensis ¡ ?
Albizia multiflora Monkey's Earring
Albizia multiflora var. multiflora¡ ?
Albizia myriophylla ¡ ?
Albizia nayaritensis ¡ ?
Albizia niopoides Tantakayo Albizia
Albizia niopoides var. colombiana¡ ?
Albizia niopoides var. niopoides¡ ?
Albizia numidarum ¡ ?
Albizia obbiadensis ¡ ?
Albizia obliquifoliolata ¡ ?
Albizia odorata ¡ ?
Albizia odoratissima Black Siris, Kali Siris, (India: கருவாகை)
Albizia oliveri ¡ ?
Albizia orissensis ¡ ?
Albizia ortegae ¡ ?
Albizia papuensis ¡ ?
Albizia pedicellaris ¡ ?
Albizia pedicellata ¡ ?
Albizia pentzkeana ¡ ?
Albizia perrieri ¡ ?
Albizia petersiana ¡ ?
Albizia petersiana ssp. evansii¡ ?
Albizia petersiana ssp. petersiana¡ ?
Albizia philippinensis ¡ ?
Albizia pistaciifolia Guayacán Cenega, Guayacán Chaparro, Guayacán Hobo, Tinto De Bajos, Carabali, Quiebrahacho, Vera Macho
Albizia poilanei ¡ ?
Albizia poissoni ¡ ?
Albizia polycephala ¡ ?
Albizia polyphylla ¡ ?
Albizia pospischilii ¡ ?
Albizia procera Tall Albizia
Albizia retusa ¡ ?
Albizia rhombifolia ¡ ?
Albizia richardiana ¡ ?
Albizia rosulata ¡ ?
Albizia rosulata subsp. landakensis¡ ?
Albizia rosulata subsp. rosulata¡ ?
Albizia rufa ¡ ?
Albizia sahafariensis ¡ ?
Albizia salomonensis ¡ ?
Albizia saman (syn. Samanea saman) Rain Tree, Saman, Monkey Pod, Cow tamarind, Cenízaro Campano, Giant thibet, Inga saman, East Indian walnut, (Spanish: cenízaro, acacia preta, árbol de lluvia (Rain Tree), genízaro)
Albizia saponaria White Flowered Albizia, Whiteflower Albizia
Albizia schimperiana ¡ ?
Albizia sherriffii ¡ ?
Albizia simeonis ¡ ?
Albizia sinaloensis Sinaloan Albizia
Albizia splendens ¡ ?
Albizia subdimidiata ¡ ?
Albizia suluensis Zulu Albizia
Albizia tanganyicensis ¡ ?
Albizia tanganyicensis ssp. adamsoniorum ¡ ?
Albizia tanganyicensis ssp. tanganyicensis ¡ ?
Albizia thompsonii ¡ ?
Albizia tomentella ¡ ?
Albizia tomentella var. rotundata ¡ ?
Albizia tomentella var. sumbawaensis ¡ ?
Albizia tomentosa Tomentose Albizia
Albizia tulearensis ¡ ?
Albizia umbalusiana ¡ ?
Albizia vaughanii ¡ ?
Albizia verrucosa ¡ ?
Albizia versicolor ¡ ?
Albizia vialeana ¡ ?
Albizia viridis ¡ ?
Albizia viridis var. zygioides ¡ ?
Albizia welwitschii ¡ ?
Albizia welwitschioides ¡ ?
Albizia westerhuisii ¡ ?
Albizia xerophytica ¡ ?
Albizia zimmermannii ¡ ?
Albizia zygia ¡ ?

Former species incorrectly placed under Albizia;

Acacia caesia var. caesia (as Albizia sikharamensis)
Acacia mearnsii (as Albizia mearnsii)
Acacia neumanniana (as Albizia neumanniana)
Archidendron bubalinum (as Albizia bubalina)
Archidendron clypearia (as Albizia clypearia)
Archidendron clypearia ssp. clypearia (as Albizia angulata)
Archidendron glomeriflorum (as Albizia glomeriflora)
Archidendron jiringa (as Albizia jiringa)
Archidendron lucyi (as Albizia lucyi)
Archidendron oppositum (as Albizia macrothyrsa)
Archidendron palauense (as Albizia papuana (Scheff.) F. Muell.)
Archidendron turgidum (as Albizia croizatiana, Albizia lucida, Albizia turgida)
Archidendron yunnanense (as Albizia yunnanensis )
Archidendropsis basaltica (as Albizia basaltica)
Archidendropsis thozetiana (as Albizia thozetiana)
Calliandra houstoniana var. anomala (as Albizia callistemon)
Cathormion umbellatum ssp. moniliforme (as Albizia amoenissima)
Chloroleucon mangense var. mangense (as Albizia marthae)
Enterolobium cyclocarpum (Guanacaste; as Albizia longipes)
Erythrophleum teysmannii (as Albizia cambodiana)
Falcataria moluccana (Moluccan Albizia; as Albizia eymae, Albizia fulva, Albizia moluccana)
Havardia albicans (Chucum, Cuisache; as Albizia lundellii, Albizia rubiginosa)
Hesperalbizia occidentalis (Palo Esopeta; as Albizia obliqua, Albizia occidentalis, Albizia plurijuga)
Pararchidendron pruinosum var. junghuhnianum (as Albizia tengerensis)
Paraserianthes lophantha (as Albizia lophantha)
Paraserianthes lophantha ssp. montana (as Albizia montana)
Pithecellobium decandrum (as Albizia decandra)
Pithecellobium dulce (Madras Thorn; as Albizia dulcis)
Pithecellobium flavovirens (as Albizia flavovirens)
Pithecellobium nicoyanum (as Albizia nicoyana)
Pseudosamanea cubana (as Albizia cubana)
Schleinitzia megaladenia (as Albizia megaladenia)
Serianthes minahassae ssp. fosbergii (as Albizia melanesica)
Serianthes minahassae ssp. minahassae (as Albizia minahassae)