Chinaberry trees are resilient specimens and can be quite messy from the dropping berries and leaves. They spread easily, if allowed, and, as such, are classified as an invasive tree in the southeastern United States. This prolific mahogany member grows rapidly but has a short life span.
Chinaberry plant care is not complex once the tree is established. Plant the tree in full sun in most any soil type within the USDA zones 7 to 11.
Additional Chinaberry Tree Information
As mentioned above, the chinaberry is a valuable shade tree in its endemic regions due to its large, spreading canopy. Chinaberry uses in the southeastern regions of the United States have been used for just this attribute and were commonly added to the home landscape prior to the 1980’s. The most commonly planted variety is the Texas umbrella tree with a slightly longer life span than other chinaberries and a lovely, distinct rounded shape.
The tree should be watered regularly, although it will tolerate some drought and needs no irrigation through the winter months.
Native to Pakistan, India, southeast Asia, and Australia, chinaberry tree information tells us it was introduced as an ornamental specimen to the United Sates in 1930 and, for a period of time, became the darling of landscapers in the southern United States. Today the chinaberry tree is considered something of a pest due to its reseeding propensity and easy naturalization.
Chinaberry tree branch with fruits
The Project was originally started by Dr. Tony Knight in 2001.
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They were from a chinaberry tree, Melia azedarach. As the name suggests, it is originally from Asia.
Our mystery seeds from last week were inside the dried fruit (drupes).
Although the chinaberry tree has lovely, lacy foliage, it is considered to be an invasive weed in many states in the Southeast because it competes with or shades out more desirable species of plants (Texas, Florida– see video at website, North Carolina).
Chinaberry trees are deciduous in the winter. The leaves give off a musky or pungent odor when crushed.