Melia Trees
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Melia tree looking sick and has die back

Zone New Zealand | kerydame added on May 17, 2015 | Answered

My Melia tree is looking really sick and has certain about of die back. It is a very old tree, over thirty or forty years. Covered in lichen. We tried to spray it for that a year or so ago but it is a large tree and hard to get coverage. Also not keen on using chemicals.

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shelley
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Answered on May 17, 2015

Lichen on trees are harmless and are not the cause of your tree's problems - there is another underlying reason why your tree is ill. For more information on lichen, please visit the following link: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/fungus-lichen/treatment-tree-lichen.htm

Secondly, a chinaberry tree (Melia azedarach) typically has a lifespan of about 20 years. So the demise of your tree is probably a natural one.

For more information on the chinaberry tree, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/chinaberry/chinaberry-tree-information.htm

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