Wordless Wednesday – Melia azedarach

Fast growing Melia azedarach

Fast growing Melia azedarach

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Yellow berries that will remain until spring

Yellow berries that will remain until spring

For more information about this wonderful tree click here.

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28 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday – Melia azedarach

    • I’ve found a few seedlings here, my two trees were from a tree in a friend’s garden, but I’m surprised it is described as invasive. I suppose anything that grows well that isn’t native is considered invasive

      • Sounds like it’s not invasive where you live,, so I’ll have to enjoy it through your postings! I looked up the specifics just now to see how it competes with natives around here. “This fast-growing tree can form dense thickets that crowd out native vegetation. … Leaves and roots release compounds that inhibit the germination and growth of other plant species (allelopathy).”

        • It is also the tree that produces neem a natural pesticide. I haven’t noticed that plants don’t grow under it, unlike the walnut which does the same thing.

  1. It is such a pretty tree. I admired yours when I visited you. I have a 2 year -old one growing in a pot from a seed I found in Greece. I daren’ t plant it in the garden though, I have never seen one growing here. I don’ t think it would survive our normal winters.

    • Everything about it is lovely, the form, the trunk, flowers and foliage and best of all the berries in winter. Mine were so small when I planted them I am in awe of their growth capacity; although mine have survived cold winters here and their are planted to give shade in many car-parks you’re right I’ve never seen one in the UK I think too much winter wet and cold would not be good.

  2. I’ve never heard of it Christina, but it’s lovely – and I really enjoyed your link to the information – thanks for being so thorough. I think I’ll have to enjoy yours though, because it would be too cold here.

    • Yes, I’m sure I could, but there will be plenty of time for evergreens and berries I’m hoping I might still find a few flowers for a couple weeks yet. The berries stay on the tree all winter, there don’t seem to be the birds here that can eat them, they are very hard.

  3. You did not mention the flowers, which attract hummingbirds away from feeders with sugar water in early spring. Chinaberries are naturalized here but are considered invasive and dangerous to livestock.

    • Isn’t it better for the birds to get natural sugar from flowers rather than from feeders? I fully accept that certain plants are invasive in some areas and not others I do usually try to say if I am aware of a problem as in today’s post about Nandina.

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