Chinaberry Meliaceae Melia
|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.
Looks like: goldenraintree
| Additional Range Information:
Melia azedarach is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting Chinaberry.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson