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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Botanical Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    The Chinaberry tree is noted for its invasive qualities in the south and has naturalized along roadsides and fencerows. While it has somewhat attractive blossoms, they are not recommended due to their weedy tendencies.

    Latin Name

    Melia azedarach


    Family

    Meliaceae


    Also Known As

    Pride of China Bead Tree Ceylon Mahogany


    Type of Plant

    Tree

    Bloom Season

    April - May


    Seasons

    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 50'
    Max Spread: 50'

    Uses

  • Ornamental

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Toxicity

    Do not ingest

    Colors


    Native Range

    Northern India, central and western China


    History

    George Washington planted Pride of China in 1785 and 1786. In his diary in 1785, he writes, "Perceived a few Plants of the Pride of China (the Seed of which were Sowed on the 13th. of June) to be coming up."


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