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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Botanical Garden

  • Botanical Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    7 7 USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 7 7b

    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



    Also Known As

    Pride of China , Bead Tree , Ceylon Mahogany

    Type of Plant

    Trees Trees

    Bloom Season

    April - May


    Summer Summer


    Max height Max Height: 50'
    Max spread Max Spread: 50'


  • Ornamental

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


    Do not ingest Do not ingest


    Native Range

    Northern India, central and western China


    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."

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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