Chinaberry melia tree isolated over blue sky

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Chinaberry melia tree isolated over blue sky

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener What is chinaberry bead tree? Commonly known by a variety of names such as chinaball tree, China tree or bead tree, chinaberry (Melia azederach) is a deciduous shade tree that grows in a variety of difficult situations. Like most non-native plants, it is highly resistant to pests and disease. This tree may be considered friend or foe, depending on location and growing conditions. Read on for more information about this tough, sometimes problematic, tree. Chinaberry Bead Tree Information Native to Asia, chinaberry was introduced to North America as an ornamental tree in the late 1700s. Since that time, it has naturalized across much of the South (in the U.S.). An attractive tree with brownish-red bark and a rounded canopy of lacy foliage, chinaberry reaches heights of 30 to 40 feet (9-12 m.) at maturity. Loose clusters of small purple blooms appear

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