Albizia lebbeck or the Siris tree grows profusely in the Punjab province of Pakistan and I have been particularly impressed with its leaves, flowers, and later the seed pods. Locally it is known as the Sharee trees and is used in traditional medicine in the subcontinent. There are a lot of these trees growing in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, and they are very eye-catching when they have their huge ripe pods hanging from the foliage.
The flowers, fruit, bark, leaves and roots are all used in medicine. The seeds contain crude protein, calcium, phosphorous, iron, niacin and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and most of the essential amino acids. There are saponins in the seeds, but no harmful effects have been reported when the seeds have been eaten, as long as they are eaten in moderation; too many will induce vomiting.
Many medicinal uses. More: http://herbs-treatandtaste.blogspot.com
Genus - Albizia
Species - Lebbeck
Common name - Lebbek Tree
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 8 - 11
Height - 50-70' / 15 - 21 m
Spread - 70-90' / 21 - 30 m
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous, semi-evergreen
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, laom, Sand, well drained
Water requirements - Drought tolerant, average water
Landscape uses - Decorative and useful
Bloom season - Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Yellow
1. Pour boiling water over seed , let stand in water for 24 hours, repeat process on seed that did not imbibe.
Another Method: file or sand through the outer seedcoat, let stand in water for 24 hours.
2. Sow seed 1/8" deep , keep moist.
Alternate Treatment, Soak in sulfuric or nitric acid for 15 to 30 minutes and wash under cold water for 5-10 minutes. Then sow.
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