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Zone
Zones 6-31, H1, H2
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate
Toxicity
Fruit is poisonous if ingested.

Melia azedarach

Chinaberry
Meliaceae
Deciduous, Trees

Native to China, northern India. To 30 to 50 ft. high and wide, with irregular habit. Rich green, 1- to 3 ft.-long leaves are cut into many toothed, narrow or oval leaflets 1 to 2 in. long. In spring or early summer, bears loose clusters of lilac flowers that are fragrant in the evening. Blossoms are followed by hard, berrylike yellow fruits about 1/2 in. wide. Tough plant; tolerates heat, wind, poor alkaline soil, drought. In areas with year-round moisture, tends to self-sow and become a pest.

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