Melia azedarach - Persian Lilac

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  • A rare, small deciduous tree that is native to Indonesia and Australia. Clusters of small, lilac, star-shaped flowers are in bloom during the spring-summer that arches to pendent panicles. The fragrant flowers are followed by green, then yellowing wrinkled drupes, persisting through the Winter. Bead like fruits remain long after the leaves have fallen.

  • It is hardy in the UK to temperatures as low as -5c. For optimum growth it prefers to be positioned in full sun.

         Excellent quality, 15-20cm tall plant in an 8cm square pot.


  • Also known as: White Cedar, Cape Lilac, Persian Lilac, Indian Lilac

  • Native to: Indonesia, Australasia

  • Family: Meliaceae - Mahogany

  • Family Habit (UK conditions): small tree

  • Max size in 10 years (UK conditions, in pot): 4 x 3m

  • Main value: flowers, fruits Flowers are: lilac - pink (white)

  • Flowering period: early Summer

  • Autumn coloration: not significant (yellowish)

  • Preferences: it grows best if planted against a south facing wall, and prefers deep soil with free drainage but drought tolerant

  • Hardiness: not fully hardy in Northern Scotland but it is in the bulk of the UK and most of Western and Southern Europe

  • Known hazards: toxic if eaten in large quantities (leaves and fruits)

  • Edible uses: none known

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