Mimosa is a native plant from China. The Chinese call it the tree of collective happiness. Common name is the Silk Tree. A Florentine Nobleman, Fillippo Degli Albizzia introduced mimosa to the US in 1785. It was naturalized from Maryland to Southern Florida, west to eastern Texas and north to Indiana. Mimosa is also found widely in the Mediterranean. The tree flowers between June through to August. The bark and the flowers are used for medicinal properties. You can find mimosa scented soaps and perfumes. So, the next time you are looking for a scent to use in your story think about introducing Mimosa to your character’s life. Research has also shown that the flowers of the mimosa tree have a sedative effect…so think about that when next you need to relax your characters.