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Melia azedarach, commonly known by many names, including white cedar, chinaberry tree, bead-tree, Cape lilac, syringa berrytree, Persian lilac, and Indian lilac, is a species of deciduous tree in the mahogany family, Meliaceae, that is native to Indomalaya and Australasia.[+]
The adult tree has a rounded crown, and commonly measures 7–12 metres (20–40 ft) tall, however in exceptional circumstances M. azedarach can attain a height of 45 metres (150 ft). The flowers are small and fragrant, with five pale purple or lilac petals, growing in clusters. The fruit is a drupe, marble-sized, light yellow at maturity, hanging on the tree all winter, and gradually becoming wrinkled and almost white.
The leaves are up to 50 centimetres (20 in) long, alternate, long-petioled, two or three times compound (odd-pinnate); the leaflets are dark green above and lighter green below, with serrate margins.
Chinaberry (Melia azedarach) on Al Istiqlal Street in West Bay. Doha, Qatar, April 22, 2014
Al Istiqlal Street, Doha, Qatar
Chinaberry (Melia azedarach) in Dahl Al Hamam Park at Al Markhiya Street. Doha, Qatar, March 21, 2016
Al Markhiya St, Doha, Qatar
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