MELIA azedarach

Commonly known as Bead-tree, Pride of China, Pride of India

A rare but attractive tree more common in the Mediterranean, with fragrant lilac flowers. Bead-like fruits remain long after the leaves have fallen
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Pinnate or 2-pinnate mid to bright-green leaves 30-60cm (12-24in) long with many sharply-toothed leaflets.
  • Purple
    Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet
    Lilac
  • Height
    10-15m (33-49ft)
  • Spread
    5-8m (16-26ft)
  • Tree
    Fast-growing, many-branched, spreading tree with fissured grey bark. Flowers are followed by spherical or ovoid yellow fruit 1cm (½in) long.
  • Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse
    Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
  • Full sun

MELIA azedarach

 
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  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Seeds are used as beads in Asia. Plants in large containers may flower when 2-3m (6½-10ft) tall
    Pests & Diseases
    Red spider mites if in greenhouse
    Place of origin
    Northern India, China.
  • Flower Shape
    Panicles
    Arching to pendent panicles 10-20cm (4-8in) long
    Star-shaped
    2cm (¾in) across
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Patio / pot plants
  • Hardiness
    Half hardy (down to 0)
  • Leaf form
    Pinnate
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf margin
    Incised
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Elliptic
    (see photos above)
    Ovate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
  • Seasonal Interest
    Spring
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Shelter from cold winds
  • Toxic - Category B - CAUTION
    Toxic if eaten
    (People & Pets)
  • Tree Shape
    Rounded to broadly spreading
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10-15m (33-49ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  5-8m (16-26ft)
 

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