Albizia schimperiana (Bekele-Tesemma, 2007)

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Albizia malacophylla
Bekele-Tesemma, Useful trees and shrubs for Ethiopia, 2007
Albizia schimperiana (Bekele-Tesemma, 2007)
Allophylus abyssinicus

Albizia schimperiana, Fabaceae, indigenous

Common names

  • English: Large-podded albizia
  • Amargna: Sassa, Imasa, Sembaru
  • Oromugna: Ambabessa, Mukarba, Muka arta, Sasa, Vungo, Shimoro, Gorbe, Karchafe


A dominant tree in the upper canopy of wet lowland or lower highland forests in Moist and Wet Weyna Dega agroclimatic zones of most regions, 1400–2000 m.


Firewood, charcoal, timber (joinery, plywood, matchboxes and construction), medicine (infusion of the roots), fodder (leaves and pods), bee forage, shade, nitrogen fixation, soil conservation.


A large semi-deciduous tree that grows to 25 m or more, the crown more rounded than flat.

  • BARK: Smooth grey or rough brown.
  • LEAVES: Compound, on a stalk about 25 cm long, generally hairy and paler below, shiny dark green above, one leaflet less than 2 cm long, 4–7 pairs of pinnae, the leaflets varying in shape but the midrib a diagonal and the tips rounded.
  • FLOWERS: Very many, white, in round heads.
  • FRUIT: Large clusters of dull brown pods, hang on the tree for a long time. Each pod about 25 cm long by 3.5 cm across (maximum 34 x 6 cm), the edge thickened. Seeds released when the pods break open.


Seedlings, wildings.


  • Treatment: Not necessary.
  • Storage: Can be stored but is susceptible to insect attack.


Coppicing, pruning or lopping of branches to reduce shade.


Pods persist for a long time on the tree where they may split open to release the seed.