Chinaberry Tree Pictures

The following are some pictures of the chinaberry tree. These pictures were taken with a digital camera.

The photos have been cropped so that only part of the picture is visible at any time. Some of these pictures show different parts of the same branch or trunk. The branches and trunks are usually greenish-brown in color, but sometimes they may appear purple or even pinkish-red in color. They are usually about one foot (30 cm) tall and four feet (1.2 m) wide. The leaves are oval-shaped, greenish-gray in color, and up to six inches long (15 cm). There are several kinds of flowers found on the chinaberry tree. The most common flower is a white trumpet-like flower called a “pink” which grows on the upper part of the branches. Other types of flowers include yellow, red, orange, purple and blue. The flowers are followed by small fruit which is round and about the size of a pea.

Chinaberry Tree Diseases

There are many diseases that affect the chinaberry tree. Some of them are fatal to the plant if not treated properly.

1. Bacterial leaf scorch, found in trees over one year, symptoms include yellowing leaves and leaf drop.

2. Wilt, found in one to three year old plants, causes brown streaking on the leaves.

3. Anthracnose, most commonly affects the fruits of chinaberry trees.

4. Root rot, found in older trees or any tree that has been wounded, looks like a drywell.

5. Leaf spot, looks like brown or black spots on the leaves.

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6. Dieback, can be caused by a variety of reasons such as improper watering, trees under drought conditions, or infected by disease.

7. Arsenic toxicity, rare but fatal if not taken care of immediately.

Arsenic is a chemical that tends to build up in the soil or the groundwater, and is harmful to plants.

8. Salt burn, looks like dried up brown spots on leaves.

9. Root dieback, can be caused by improper watering, trees under drought conditions, or infected by disease.

Chinaberry Tree Facts

1. The chinaberry is known scientifically as Melia Azedarach.

It is a tree that grows in Eastern Asia and the Southeastern United States, specifically the southern region of North America (such as Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, etc). This is commonly planted around Southwestern American homes because it offers a lot of shade for the occupants of the house and it has a nice appearance.

2. The chinaberry tree grows in moist, well drained soil and can survive in both dry and wet conditions.

If you live in an area that doesn’t have a lot of rain, it is recommended that you water your chinaberry tree every other day.

3. The leaves of the chinaberry tree turn a dark purple-red in the fall.

The bark on the tree is a grayish color and has small spikes on it. It tends to grow straight up, as opposed to many other trees that grow outward.

4. You should prune your chinaberry tree in the early spring or late fall, as this is when the tree is most able to regenerate itself.

5. There are many species of chinaberry, such as Melia Azedharach (a tall tree), Melia Azedarach var.

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microphylla (a shrub that only grows to be 3 feet (0.9 m) tall).

Sources & references used in this article:

Characterization of phytoplasmas detected in Chinaberry trees with symptoms of leaf yellowing and decline in Bolivia by NA Harrison, E Boa, ML Carpio – Plant Pathology, 2003 – Wiley Online Library

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Chinaberry tree (Melia azedarach) poisoning in dog: a case report by D Ferreiro, JP Orozco, C Mirón, T Real… – Topics in Companion …, 2010 – Elsevier

Extract of chinaberry leaf as a feeding deterrent and growth retardant for larvae of the corn earworm and fall armyworm by WW McMillian, MC Bowman, RL Burton… – Journal of Economic …, 1969 –

Insecticidal activity of chinaberry, endod and pepper tree against the maize stalk borer (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Southern Ethiopia by A Gebre-Amlak – International Journal of Pest Management, 1999 – Taylor & Francis

Responses of the sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, to the chinaberry tree (Melia azedarach L.) and its extracts by EMAF HAMMAD, NM Nemer, ZK Hawi… – Annals of Applied …, 2000 – Wiley Online Library

Laboratory and field evaluation of neem (Azadirachta indica A. Juss) and Chinaberry (Melia azedarach L.) oils as repellents against Phlebotomus orientalis and P … by Y Kebede, T Gebre-Michael, M Balkew – Acta tropica, 2010 – Elsevier



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