Deciduous tree which is greatly appreciated for its elegant foliage, beautiful flowers and long lasting, ornamental fruit. Bright green, pinnate leaves made up of oval-lanceolate leaflets, 3-5 cm; lovely golden yellow autumn colouring. Fragrant, mauve, star- shaped flowers in 10-20 cm panicles. Round, yellow fruit follow; the fruits last until spring making the tree very decorative in winter. No particular requirements as regards the soil provided it is well drained.
Latin Name: Melia Azedarach
English Name: Chinaberry tree, Persian lilac, Pride of India, Bead tree, Lilac tree
Foliage Type: Deciduous.
Flower: Mauve, Star- shaped Flowers and Yellow Fruit (inedible).
Flowering Period: Autumn.
Toxicity: Whole plant is toxic, especially the fruits.
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-Drained. Chalk. Loam. Sand.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight.
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered or Exposed.
Hardiness Rating: Low (H3)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: – 5 °C to 1 °C (23 °F to 33.8 °F)< br />
Suggested Uses: Groups. Planting on its own. Shrubland and woods.
Maintenance: No particular requirements.
Growth Habit: Bushy.
Growth Speed: Fast.
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