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Thread #91048   Message #1729794
Posted By: GUEST,DB
29-Apr-06 - 04:48 AM
Thread Name: BS: What tree is this, please?
Subject: RE: BS: What tree is this, please?
I've just trawled through my botanical library (sounds rather grand, I know - but I'm obsessed by plants and have accumulated many books over the years) and found a reference to 'Chinaberry' or 'Bead Tree' (Melia azedarach) in 'Collins Guide to Tropical Plants' by Wilhelm Lotschert & Gerhard Beese (Eng. trans. pub. Collins, 1983; ISBN 0 00 2191121). According to this book, "The Chinaberry is one of the most widespread and most popular ornamental trees in the tropics and subtropics. It comes from the southern margin of the Himalaya, and has been planted since olden times near temples in Persia, Ceylon and Malaysia."
Unfortunately, the photograph in the book is rubbish and only shows the tree from a distance. Nevertheless, the description of the flowers, fruits and leaves match your photographs and it is likely that 'Chinaberry' is what you have in your yard. Alternative names for the tree are 'Persian Lilac', 'Indian Lilac', 'Pride of India' and 'Paradise Tree'.