Melia - - Semi-mature and mature Melia azedarach

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Melia azedarach - White Cedar

 

Family:

Meliaceae

Origins:

New South Wales to north Queensland

Plant Type:

Deciduous tree

Size:

10m x 9m

Habit/ Form:

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

Leaves:

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

Flowers:

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.

Fruit:

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.

Hardiness:

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.

Pruning:

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

Watering:

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

Fertilising:

Not needed once established.

Pests / Diseases:

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

Uses:

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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