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Plants of the UNF Campus

Melia azedarach - China berry tree
Family Sapindaceae



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.

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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.