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Boblaw
06-25-2006, 06:53 PM
Hello,

I have looked all over and cannot tell what this is, not sure it is a tree, but it is about 15 feet high.
I can't get the best pictures, but here is what I have. This tree(?) has many trunks at the bottom, and it has a mix of some small, round, and pretty hard nut like things on it. The branch has both shoots of the leaves and then off these nut like clusters, they are not on the same, each is a different off shoot.

Any help is appreciated, I am not sure if I shoudl take it down or leave it be.


http://www.digstuff.com/tree1.JPG
http://www.digstuff.com/tree2.JPG
http://www.digstuff.com/tree3.JPG
http://www.digstuff.com/tree5.JPG
http://www.digstuff.com/leaf1.JPG

Thank you.

treeman
06-25-2006, 07:33 PM
I looks like it may be a Chinaberry tree.

Boblaw
06-25-2006, 07:56 PM
Thank you treeman, now I found a lot of pictures and info on that, it sure seems to fit, the only thing is that what I read says it has fruit, these green things are hard, not like a berry to me, or is it that they become soft later? Also do not recall see the flowering it says it has, but it may have, it is in the far in the back where I don't go often.
I also added a better leaf shot just in case.

treeman
06-25-2006, 08:47 PM
They are hard as noted here, some berries can be hard. A berry is just the name for small fruit produced by trees.

http://www.tropilab.com/china-ber.html

This deciduous tree produces purplish fragrant flowers, afterwards followed by green fruit that turn yellow (berries), that are very poisonous.
The hard seeds are easily dispersed by birds; these seeds are also very poisonous.

Here are more pics of it:
http://www.sbs.utexas.edu/bio406d/images/pics/mel/melia_azedarach.htm

If it is a Chinaberry then it is a invasive non-native tree and it would be good to remove it because they can form thickets and choke out native plants.
See here:
http://aquat1.ifas.ufl.edu/melaze.html

Boblaw
06-25-2006, 08:55 PM
Thanks again, much appreciated.

Now that I know what it is, I guess the best thing is to get rid of it. I do have crops near by, and lots of Deer, don't know if they would eat them, but...

Quirky Quercus
06-25-2006, 09:57 PM
Yes that would be a good thing to do since it's a highly invasive pest plant.