Spring Flowers, Tucson, Part 20: Chinaberry Tree, aka Indian/Persian Lilac (Melia azedarach)

Melia azedarach, introduced to North America in the 1830s on the East Coast. [Link to Wikipedia] They’re not native, but their fragrance is amazing: it smell exactly like a cologne/perfume, with that same artificial chemical smell underlying a broadly floral fragrance, sweet but powerful.

Check out the other pictures I’ve posted of Tucson’s bloom this spring:

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