Chinaberry Tree

Chinaberry tree

Photo: Cheryl McCormick, UF

Brought to the U.S. as an ornamental, Chinaberry trees are common throughout Florida.

The Chinaberry is a round, deciduous shade tree that has grown in landscapes throughout Florida for years. It can reach up to 40 feet in height, and grows rapidly when young. While the Chinaberry has fragrant lilac flowers, it’s a short-lived, messy tree that you should probably avoid.

But its aggressive 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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