Melia azedarach L.

Chinaberry, Bead Tree

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Family: Meliaceae

Genus: Melia

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 7 to 10

Size: 30 to 40' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade

Description: 

ID: Alternate, compound leaves, swollen area where leaf meets stem, heavy lenticels, berry looks like a miniature apple, 1/2" across, yellow-orange color.

Small, fragrant lilac flowers in spring. Clusters of bead-like fruits ripen in late summer and may persist through winter. Grows easily from seed and is considered a pest or weed tree in warmer areas.

Rounded habit. Can be rather ungainly in winter.

Fruits and tea from the leaves are poisonous.

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History: 

Native to northern India and China. In cultivation since the 16th century in England.

Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 384 in 1753.


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