Plant Care Chinaberry

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.

Taxonomy

Melia azedarach
Melia
Meliaceae
Sapindales

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

Water

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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 🏡.

Nutrients

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.

FAQs
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!


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Propagation

Care Summary for Chinaberry

Chinaberry

Chinaberry


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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