Friday, April 26, 2013


Flowers of Pride-of-India (Chinaberry) tree, called Inia in Hawaii

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So many names for one tree, Melia azedarach is a member of the mahogany family;
  • Pride-of-India,
  • Persian Lilac,
  • Bead Tree,
  • White Cedar,
  • Chinaberry,
  • Indian Lilac,
  • Umbrella Tree,
  • and it is called Inia in Hawaii.

Inia is comfortable in USDA Zones 7 through 11, it is both deciduous and will tolerate an occasional hard freeze. Although it is fairly short lived it is a good shade tree. The flowers have quite a strong fragrance. Everybody's sense of smell is different but to me it smells like Buddleia which also has a lot of names

I grew this from seed, it is about 7 years old and this is the first year it has flowered heavily. Yesterday it blew down in strong winds.
I am sad, but all is not lost, sometimes Inia will grow back from a stump and I have another one which has grown through the bottom of its pot.

Y'all come back!

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