How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Chinaberry, Texas umbrella tree—Melia azedarach
Family Meliaceae (Mahogany family)

Plant Identification

Chinaberries are deciduous trees that can grow up to 50 feet high and wide.  Leaves are long and narrow and divided into oval leaflets.  Clusters of lilac flowers are produced in the spring or early summer and followed by berrylike yellow fruit.  Fruit is poisonous if eaten.

Optimum conditions for growth

Chinaberries do well in areas with full sun and require moderate amounts of water.  Trees are tolerant of heat, wind, poor soil and drought. 

Foliage of chinaberry
Chinaberry leaves

Pests and disorders of Melia azedarach


Environmental disorders



Leaves of chinaberry

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