Melia azadarach


Melia azadarach also known as Bead-Tree, Persian Lilac, Pride of india Fast-growing, many-branched, spreading, round-headed, deciduous tree with fissured grey bark. Pinnate or 2-Pinnate leaves, 30-60cm long, have many ovate to elliptic, sharply toothed, sometimes lobed, mid- to bright green leaflets. Produces a profusion of star-shaped, fragrant lilac flowers, 2cm across, in arching to pendent panicles, 10-20cm long, from spring to early summer; they are followed by spherical to broadly ovoid yellow fruit, 1cm long. Seeds are used as beads in Asia.