Melia - - Semi-mature and mature Melia azedarach

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Melia azedarach - White Cedar





New South Wales to north Queensland

Plant Type:

Deciduous tree


10m x 9m

Habit/ Form:

A broad domed tree with ascending main branches and drooping minor branches.


Alternate, compound, bipinnate, 300mm long, with ovate leaflets, 30 - 70mm x 20 - 30mm, margins serrate to entire, shiny dark green, turning yellow in autumn.


Stellate, 20mm across, with five pale lilac blue oblong petals, and dark violet anthers and filaments fused to form a tube in the centre of the flower, in clusters (panicles) in the upper leaf axils. Mildly fragrant. Main flowering mid to late spring.


An ovoid drupe with a single seed, 18mm x 13mm, green aging to yellowish brown when ripe, in clusters in late autumn. Toxic to children and small animals when ripe.

Bark / Trunk:

Dark grey with brown lenticels

Vigour / Longevity:

Vigorous, long lived

Environmental Requirements:

Sunny positions including west.


Tolerates - neglect, wind, second line salt, moderately alkaline soils, pollution, saline soils, Phytophthora cinnamomi, periodically wet soils and very drought tolerant. Fire retardant plant.

Soil / Drainage:

Very adaptable, tolerates sandy loams to clays, evenly periodically wet soils.


Train to a single leader, remove suckers from the trunk and main stems.


Water till established, very hardy to drought, water to improve vigour.


Not needed once established.

Pests / Diseases:

Procession Caterpillar (White Cedar Moth) can defoliate an entire tree - 'bag' trees before new leaves emerge.


Shade tree, street tree, flower colour contrast tree, wind break, coppice tree, insect and seed eating bird attracting tree. The vigorous root system can 'block drains.



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