Chinaberry Tree

7 Apr

When blooming, it is easy to see why this non-native invasive tree was brought to the Americas. Originally from Asia, it has beautiful sweet smelling lilac clusters of flowers each spring, followed by clusters of berries. It is fast growing and has good form. But that is where the good qualities end. It can be very invasive, crowding out native vegetation quickly. You can see them growing along fence rows, old fields, roadsides and in neighborhood lawns. So resist the urge to plant one of these in your own garden.

Chinaberry Tree flowers - Melia azederach

Chinaberry Tree - Melia azederach

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2 Responses to “Chinaberry Tree”

  1. George Rogers June 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Hi, Beautiful photos of Chinaberry. Would you give permission to use one or both on the Palm Beach State College non-profit manual of landscape plants for South Florida and its companion web site http://www.plantbook.org? We include non-native and invasive species. Thanks very much, George Rogers

    • FlaScenics June 26, 2011 at 10:53 am #

      Hi George-
      Thank you for the comment –
      Thank you for asking permission to use photos for the Chinaberry Tree –
      but first I have to ask – would you be recommending that it be planted, or NOT planted?
      Thanks
      Sharon

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