Lebbeck tree

Lebbeck tree

Albizia lebbeck (Fabaceae)

Common Name:

Lebbeck tree

Scientific Name:

Albizia lebbeck (Fabaceae)

Alternative common names:



Spreading tree to 15m high with rough bark that doesn't have an appealing appearance. Light green leaves and whitish or yellow flowers appear from November to March. Straw-coloured, shiny, rattling pods with raised bumps.

Additional Information

Where does this species come from?

Tropical Asia

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

Existing legislation: CARA 2002 - Category 1 NEMBA - Category 1b

Where in South Africa is it a problem?


How does it spread?

Seed dispersal

Why is it a problem?

Competes with and replaces indigenous species

What does it look like?

General description: Spreading tree to 15m high with rough bark that doesn't have a peeling appearance.
Bark: Rough
Leaves: Light green leaves with leaflets having 3-4 basal veins.
Flowers: Whitish or yellow flowers from November to March
Fruit/seeds: Straw-coloured, shiny pods

Does the plant have any uses?

Ornamental and shade tree.

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