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Chinaberry is a deciduous tree growing to 50 feet in height and 2 feet in diameter. Alternate leaves are bi-pinnately compound, 1 to 2 feet in length. Leaflets are lance-shaped and toothed. Leaves turn golden yellow in fall. Lavender flowers are showy and 5-petaled. Fruits are berry-like, yellowish-green to yellowish-tan, and poisonous. Twigs are thick, greenish-brown with light dots (lenticels). Bark is dark brown, becoming fissured with age.
Chinaberry is native to Southeast Asia and northern Australia. It was introduced into the United States in the mid-1800s. It has been used as an ornamental tree and has some medicinal purposes. It is found throughout the southern United States and is widespread in Georgia.
Chinaberry invades disturbed areas and is commonly found along roads and forest edges. It has the potential to grow in dense thickets, restricting the growth of native vegetation. Seeds are dispersed by birds, although they are toxic to humans and livestock.
Recommended herbicides for control:
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