Plant Care Chinaberry


About Chinaberry

Chinaberry is an invasive tree in the southeast. Chinaberry was brought to the U.S. in the late 1700s by a French botanist. It has been used over the years as an ornamental plant, shade tree, and fuelwood.


Melia azedarach

Also known as

Chinaberry tree, Pride of india, Bead-tree, Cape lilac, Syringa berrytree, Persian lilac, Indian lilac, White cedar and The woody seed within the fruit is highly poisonous to humans (6-8 seeds could kill a small child or animal) but not birds."

How to care for Chinaberry


How often to water your Chinaberry

Water needs for Chinaberry
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinaberry needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Chinaberry

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Chinaberry in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinaberry: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinaberry love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Chinaberry does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chinaberry in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Chinaberry

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinaberry: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinaberry after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Chinaberry can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Chinaberry



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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