Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Tree
Perennial

Non-native: southeast Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Mountains)

Look for it in disturbed areas, abandoned rural yards and fields (commonly cultivated and commonly escaped), per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Bipinnately compound
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Pinkish-lavender
Bisexual
5 sepals
5 petals
Stamens monadelphous

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Greenish-yellow/Yellowish-tan
Drupe

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Melia azedarach   FAMILY Meliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Melia azedarach   FAMILY Meliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 105-01-001:
Melia azedarach   FAMILY Meliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Chinaberry, Pride-of-India


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_meaz_002_lhd

        

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Keith Bradley    kab_melia_azedarach_0395

January    Lexington County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm0405v_14

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0505e_02

May    Greenville County    SC

Flowers 3/4", fragrant, in clusters from nodes or leaf axils on new growth, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

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JK Marlow    jkm0505h_09

May    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    s040517_c

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Leaves bipinnately compound. Leaflets w tapering tips. Margins varying, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE bipinnately or tripinnately compound leaves of trees

image of Melia azedarach

JK Marlow    jkm0406a_04

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Leafstalk lime green; leaf underside pale green, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.

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JK Marlow    jkm0412a_21

December    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Large clusters of yellow cherry-sized berries hang on after leaves fall, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

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JK Marlow    jkm0412a_23

December    Anderson County    SC

Roadside

Fruit poisonous if eaten, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm111202_574

December    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm131228_492

December    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm131228_496

December    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm131228_499

December    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm131228_501

December    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

The stout twigs have no terminal bud; lateral buds are rounded, hairy, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm131228_504

December    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Bark grayish, with scaly plates and ridges, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.