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Melia azedarach 'Jade Snowflake'

Family: Meliaceae (me-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Melia (ME-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: azedarach (az-ee-duh-rak) (Info)
Cultivar: Jade Snowflake

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Brent_in_NC On Aug 11, 2011, Brent_in_NC from New Bern, NC wrote:

The variegated "Jade Snowflake" was developed at NC State's Raulston Arboretum, and they seem to have been successful in developing a NON-INVASIVE form.

The tree has been in my yard for three years now, and there are no baby chinaberries.

The variegation is wonderful, and so is the winter form. In the spring, the leaves develop in balls, so that it looks like a Dr. Seuss tree for a months. It is the centerpiece of our garden and I recommend it very highly.

Positive sueroderus On May 24, 2011, sueroderus from Bluffton, SC wrote:

This is a fast growing open tree in my zone 8b garden. It is on the edge of a wooded area but gets a lot of afternoon sun.
The variegation is great on the new growth but later in the season it does turn green. In the spring and early summer I am always asked what kind of tree it is. It does flower, but it is not very noticeable among the variegated leaves. I have not found it to be invasive.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

New Orleans, Louisiana
New Bern, North Carolina (2 reports)
Southport, North Carolina
Bluffton, South Carolina
Norfolk, Virginia

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