I could be referring to the delicious cocktail composed of champagne and orange juice.
But actually, I'm referring to the lovely mimosa tree, also known as the silk tree. They are blooming everywhere in my area right now.
These blossoms are so fascinating to me. There was one of these trees in my front yard when I was a child. I used to call it the powder-puff tree, because of the blossoms. I picked them and pretended I was using them to put powder on my face.
Apparently these trees are considered invasive because they reproduce and regrow faster than many native species. The mimosa tree originally came from China, where it was used for ornamental purposes.
The fragrant flowers resemble pom-poms, ranging in color from white to pink, and are at the end of the branches.
Mimosa seeds form inside flat, straw-colored oval-shaped pods from August to September, but they stay on the trees until winter. I'll go back later in the season to take a look at the seed pods.
The mimosa seeds can lay dormant for as long as fifty years. The tree can grow as much as three feet in one season. Because of this, it's a strong competitor for other shrubs and can quickly dominate its habitat, especially in open areas and forest edges.