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Neem Tree (Azadirachta indica)


Neem Tree (Azadirachta indica)

Botanical Name:  Azadirachta indica          

Common Name (s):  Neem Tree, Indian Lilac

Family: Meliaceae

Type: Evergreen Tree

Bloom: Spring

Flower Color(s): White; male/female blooms (fragrant and extravagant); followed olive shaped fruit.

Sun Exposure:  Full sun to part shade

Plant Hardiness Zones: 10 to 12

Plant Height and Spacing:  50 to 75 feet (height/spacing)

Planting Requirements: Prefers well-draining, average/sandy soil. The tree is on drought tolerate if grown outdoors in ground. Can be planted in containers and brought indoors but will have to be pruned heavily because of its size.

Special Note (s): The neem tree has many uses throughout the world such as durable lumber for making furniture. The bark, stems and leaves are used medicinally and used in cosmetics products. The oil is popularly used as an insecticide, fungicide, machine lubricant and repellent. The bi product left over from crushing the seeds are made into “cakes” and offers protection from harmful rooting insects such as termites, grubs and nematodes.  The “cakes” are also excellent natural fertilizers.

*** The information provided for educational purposes only and does not substitute for professional medical advice. Always speak with a qualified physician before taking or coming in contact with any herbs or medicinal plants.

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