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Chinaberry tree
Chinaberry Trees

The Chinaberry is a soft wood tree and a very fast growing shade tree, which produces a dense shade. Also known as a Texas Umbrella tree.

Deciduous, can grow up to 50 feet high, although trees less than 30 feet in height are more common.

In the spring, the Chinaberry tree produces fragrant, lilac-like flowers followed by hard round seeds which tend to stay on the tree well into the next year. The seeds are poisonous and seed litter creates a mess on the ground.

We don't plant it over sidewalks or rock landscapes, because of the seed problem.

The fragrant flowers and the dense shade the Chinaberry tree produces make it a good choice for the Southwestern garden, if you can stand the seeds!


Dying Chinaberry tree
Chinaberry tree showing lack of water
dieback and masses of hard berries

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