Melia azedarach L.
pride of India, chinaberry
Meliaceae

This fast-growing, deciduous tree reaches 20 m in height. Its wide-spreading branches form a deep shade. There does not appear to be a natural seed dispersal agent present in the Islands; it is thought that man is responsible for dispersal. Adaptation to fire in Hawai'i is unknown, and it has not been evaluated for biological control.

It grows between sea level and 700 m in open dry habitats. There are major infestations in Waimea Canyon, Kaua'i; Nulu and lower Kula, Maui; and Kona, Hawai'i.


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