Albizia lebbeck is a tree belonging to the legumes in the family
Fabaceae which is native to tropical southern Asia, and widely cultivated and naturalised in other tropical and subtropical regions.
Albizia lebbeck grows to a height of 18–30 m
tall with a trunk 50 cm to 1 m in diameter. The flowers are white, with numerous 2.5–3.8 cm long stamens, and very fragrant. The
fruit is a pod 15–30 cm long and 2.5-5.0 cm broad, containing six to twelve seeds.
Africa Albizia lebbeck is classified as
a Cat 1 invasive plant under The Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act, No. 43 of 1983, as amended in March
Category 1 declared plants (Section 15A of
the amended act):
- may not occur on any land or inland water
surface other than in biological control reserves.
- must be controlled by the land user on whose land or inland water such plants are
- may not be planted or
- may not be imported or sold;
and may not be allowed to
It is recommended to cut larger
trees and treat the stumps with herbicide as they produce large amounts of seed and unlike many tropical
legumes, Albizia lebbeck is not particularly hard-seeded and often a large proportion of seed germinates
rapidly. Paint the cut surface with a 50% mixture of triclopyr (Garlon®) and
Seedlings and saplings can be
pulled out by hand or dug out.