What conditions does a neem tree require for growth?
The neem tree, called melia, is a deciduous tree native to Asia and Australia and is grown for its pretty foliage and flowers. It has several common names: chinaberry, bead tree, Indian lilac, and pride of India. It grows fast and can reach 35 to 50 feet. The pits of the small yellow berries it produces are used in some countries to make rosaries or altar decorations, but the berries are poisonous to humans. An interesting variety of the chinaberry, called umbraculiformis, or Texas umbrella tree, grows 25 to 30 feet high and forms a dense, umbrella-shaped crown of branches. Chinaberries can be grown in mild climates only. They need a sunny, sheltered location. They can be grown in almost any deep soil, even one that is alkaline; however, sandy loam that is kept moist throughout the summer is the best.