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Melia azedarach 'Umbraculiformis' is often confused with:
Koelreuteria paniculata Koelreuteria paniculata
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Chilopsis linearis Chilopsis linearis
Sophora affinis Sophora affinis
Xanthoceras sorbifolium Xanthoceras sorbifolium

Chinaberry Tree Melia azedarach 'Umbraculiformis'

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Other plants called Chinaberry Tree:

Phonetic Spelling
ME-lee-uh az-eh-dair-rak
Description

Melia azedarach is a rounded, deciduous small to medium-sized shade tree with an umbrella-like canopy.  It is considered to be an adaptable and weedy tree, its spread can consume large areas.  The flowers are quite fragrant in the evening, but the blooms are not easily visible due to the dense foliage.

The cultivar 'Umbraculiformis'  which goes by the common name of Texas umbrella tree is a multi-stemmed tree with an umbrella-shaped crown.  It will attain a height of 20' to 25' at maturity.  Growing from seed will give you a true-to-type specimen.  Not readily available for consumers and not recommended for planting due to its invasive habit and the litter that is accumulated from the fruits, twigs, and foliage. 

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  The fruit, foliage, and twigs can cause a large amount of litter.  To create a strong structure, pruning is necessary it is necessary to prune 

 

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#deciduous#small tree#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#white flowers#pink flowers#black leaves#deciduous tree#mid-spring flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#small tree#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#white flowers#pink flowers#black leaves#deciduous tree#mid-spring flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Melia
    Species:
    azedarach
    Family:
    Meliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Fire Risk Rating:
    high flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    The fruit is a food source for birds and other wildlife.
    Play Value:
    Screening
    Shade
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Habit/Form:
    Open
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    24-60 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Fleshy, round, yellow-brown drupes are abundant and last through the winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Inconspicuous, fragrant, lavender-colored flowers appear in mid-spring on 8" to 16" long panicles.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Dark blue-green to black leaves, 1' to 2' long with 1.5" to 2" long leaflets. Its fall colors can be attractive.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    A single-stemmed tree.