Cape-Lilac, Chinaberry Tree, Indian Lilac, Persian-Lilac, Sichuan Pagoda-Tree, Texas Umbrella-Tree, Lelah, Paraiso, Pride Of India, Tulip-Cedar, Umbrella-Cedar, White Cedar
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A large spreading tree growing up to 23m high with reddish-brown, smooth bark. Often grown in South Africa as street trees or in large gardens for shade. The leaves, bark, flowers and ripe fruit (berries) are poisonous. The tree is a good source of timber and the dried berries were used as beads.
Generally not harvested.
Seeds germinate easily, sow seed as temperatures warm up in spring in situ or into pots.
The tree can withstand long dry spells.
Attracts useful insects
Many birds species feed on the berries and spread them.
Soil PH preference
The main utility of chinaberry is its timber. It has a timber of high quality, but as opposed to many almost-extinct species of mahogany, it is under-utilised. Seasoning is relatively simple, in that planks dry without cracking or warping and are resistant to fungal infection.
Often used as street trees.
Generally problem free.
Under-plant with plants that have strong root systems and love shade.