Plant Care Persian Lilac

Persian Lilac

About Persian Lilac

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, Chinaberry, 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 Persian Lilac


How often to water your Persian Lilac

Water needs for Persian Lilac
0.5 cups
every 9

Persian Lilac needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Madison, Wisconsin.

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 Persian Lilac

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size


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.

Plant care guide for Persian Lilac in Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

38% Low

Growing Persian Lilac in Madison right now

Light needs for plant Persian Lilac in Madison, Wisconsin

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 30th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Madison is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…

Read more

Light needs for plant Persian Lilac in Madison, Wisconsin

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 32.9% ☀️

November 30th, 2021

Madison is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Madison is expected to decrease by 32.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 5.6 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

Read more

Light needs for plant Persian Lilac in Madison, Wisconsin

Daylight will decrease by 1.3 hours 📉

November 30th, 2021

This month, Madison is getting an average of 7.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 12.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.8 total hours of dayl…

Read more

Finding light for Chinaberry in your home

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

Persian Lilac love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Madison, Wisconsin ⛅.

Persian Lilac does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Persian Lilac

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Persian Lilac: 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 Persian Lilac after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Persian Lilac

Nutrient needs for plant Persian Lilac in Madison, Wisconsin

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 28th, 2021

The growing potential in Madison is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to …

Read more

Difficulty Level

Persian Lilac 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 Persian Lilac

Persian Lilac

Persian Lilac

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

Trending in your area

Similar to Persian Lilac

Discover rare plants

This plant is popular in