About three species of Melia
are native to Asia and Australia.
They are trees. Some species are used for timber. This species is native to
Asia and Australia.
It is a considered a weed tree in parts of the United
States, the south Pacific, and South Africa. It was cultivated in
the southern United States
for its large spikes of purple flowers and decorative foliage. Flowers are
followed by yellowish fruits about ½ to ¾ inch diameter.
Large tree to about fifty feet tall.
This tree is listed by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
as an exotic pest plant in north Florida.
It should not be planted in north Florida.
At the University
of North Florida, staff
is working to remove this plant from the woodlands.
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