Chinaberry

Description
Botanical Name: 
Melia azedarach

Native to China, northern India. Lustrous rich green leaves are alternate, bipinnately compound, 12" to 24" long, half as wide, leaflets ovate to oval, slender and pointed, 1 1/2" to 2" long, 1/3" to 3/4" wide. Irregular habit with a fast growth rate. Lavender fragrant flowers are followed by hard berry-like fruit. A tough tree that tolerates heat, wind, poor alkaline soil, and drought.

Plant Characteristics
Plant Category: 
Trees-Shade & Ornamental
Name: 
Chinaberry
Plant Type: 
Deciduous
Flower: 
Lavender color about 3/4" across, borne in large, loose, 8" to 16" long panicles.
Mature Size: 
50' tall x 30' wide
Water: 
Moderate
Exposure:: 
Full sun
Spacing: 
15'
Soil Type: 
Clay; loam; sand; acidic; alkaline; well drained.
Planting Time: 
Any season.
Comments
Comments: 

The tree can easily reseed and become invasive.  Seeds will  fall in winter and can be messy if planted too close to a walkway or patio.  Otherwise, an excellent, easy, drought and wind tolerant tree.  Also called the Umbrella tree.