Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Melia azedarach L.
syringa, Chinaberry, white cedar, cape lilac, tulip cedar, Indian bead tree, Persian lilac, margosa tree, azedarach, bead tree, berry tree, cape syringa, China tree, Chinese umbrella, Indian lilac
Invasive, Problem species
Origin: Asia to Australia; the form in southern Africa is an Indian cultivar
Growth Form: Tree
Plant Description: Plant: Deciduous, spreading tree up to 23 m high; bark on young stems reddish-brown and smooth. Leaves: Deep green, glossy above, turning yellow in autumn; odd-pinnate, leaflets serrated and sometimes lobed. Flowers: Lilac, ± 10 mm long, with purplish central column, in large, terminal, heavily perfumed sprays, September–November. Fruit: Berries, green turning yellow, thinly fleshy, becoming wrinkled and persisting after the leaves fall.
Key Features:
Control: cut well below ground level, and also herbicide mixed with diesel oil and painted on the stem and stump
More information:
Weeds & Invasive Plants Home Page
NRCS Plants Database

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Larry Allain @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

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Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society

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K Braun, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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K Braun, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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Rob Mackenzie, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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Rob Mackenzie, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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