Chinaberry Meliaceae Melia azedarach
Leaf:Alternate, single to doubly compound, 10 to 22 inches long, leaflets coarsely toothed or lobed, 1 to 2 inches long, shiny green above and smooth on both surfaces.
Flower:Purple, in a loose long cluster, each flower 1/2 to 1 inch across, appearing after the leaves.
Fruit:Yellow-brown drupe, up to 3/4 inch in diameter in hanging clusters, ripen in the fall and persist all winter.
Twig:Very stout, olive-brown to brown with numerous lighter lenticels, three lobed large leaf scar, pith continuous and white, buds are small, round and fuzzy light brown (nearly white).
Bark:Brown to slightly reddish brown, splitting into slightly criss-crossing furrows.
Form:Small tree, 20 to 40 feet tall with a spreading crown.