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Chinaberry

Brought to the U.S. as an ornamental, Chinaberry trees are common throughout Florida. But its agressive growth rate and lack of natural enemies has caused Chinaberry to crowd out native plants. In addition, the fruits and seeds are poisonous to humans (not to mention messy). If you're looking for an ornamental tree, consider a redbud or crape-myrtle in North Florida, or a trumpet tree in South Florida.

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Fruit and foliage of chinaberry
Photo: Cheryl McCormick, UF

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