Exotic Pest Reporting
Chinaberry (Melia azedarach) is an invasive plant. It is a native of India, China and Australia and was first detected in South Carolina and Georgia in 1830.
The plant was introducedas an ornamental in the United States and widely planted in southern states. Today it is considered an invasive species by some groups as far north as Virginia and Oklahoma. But nurseries continue to sell the trees, and seeds are also widely available. Besides the problem of toxicity, its usefulness as a shade tree in urban areas is diminished by its tendency to sprout where unwanted and to turn sidewalks into dangerously slippery surfaces when the fruits fall.