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Melia azedarach/Chinaberry

Melia azedarach / Melia azedarach
Chinaberries silhouetted against a blue sky in winter
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Chinaberries silhouetted against a blue sky in winter

Tree in summer foliage

Clusters of golden-yellow berries

Chinaberries hanging from a branch with foliage

Close-up image of spring flowers

Mature berries dangling on long stems

Spring lavender flowers

Autumn berries


Large specimen tree

Matrue chinaberry near the Mississippi River in Natchez, MS

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Scientific Name: Melia azedarach
Common Name: Chinaberry
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants That Attract Butterflies
Comments: This fast growing, introduced tree was first used as street plantings and later on farmsteads for fire wood. But there are better species for both of these. It escaped cultivation, but has not become an invasive pest.