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.
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 2001
declared plants (Section 15A of the amended act):
not occur on any land or inland water surface other than in biological control
- must be controlled by the land user on whose land or
inland water such plants are growing.
not be planted or propagated.
- may not be imported or sold; and may not be allowed to
Removal and control
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 diesel.
Seedlings and saplings can be pulled out by hand or dug