I planted a small twig of a tree in my backyard about 8 years ago with hopes for a tree that would offer some shade in the late afternoon and a little more privacy from the neighbors. This particular tree caught my attention because of the soft feel and shape of the leaves. This poor little tree has taken it's time in the growth department, growing only about 6-8 inches a year. For some reason it decided to shoot up this year by about 2-3 feet and along with the growth spurt it decided it was time to bloom. It has taken so long to bloom that I forgot what the blossoms were supposed to look like. To my surprise one evening I looked in its direction and couldn't believe my eyes. There in all of it's glory were these soft pink blossoms that stole the show. They feel like the fur on a kitten or bunny.
This picture was taken at dusk so it is hard to see how beautiful it is.
Here is a close up shot of some of the blooms.
Here is a shot of a mimosa tree I found on Flickr that gives a better idea of what it looks like.