Neem Tree (Azadirachta indica)

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Neem, also known as Nimtree or Indian lilac, is a flowering tree in the mahogany family. Neem is native to Southeast Asia, likely India, where it's flowers, bark, and seeds have been used as food and medicine for centuries.

Neem is a tall, fast-growing evergreen tree with highly attractive broad-leafed branches that make full, dense, beautiful canopies. The Neem tree is a very low maintenance plant, said to grow almost anywhere in the lowland tropics. It thrives in warm conditions, and will need to be protected from the freeze or prolonged cold until well-established. 

In the garden, Neem is used as a natural and highly effective insect repellent, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal.  Neem oil kills insects at all stages of development — adult, larvae and egg. 

Plant Type
Tropical / Subtropical Evergreen Tree

Harvest Season
Leaves: Year-round
Seeds: Spring

Mature Size
Up to 50 ft.

Soil & Moisture
Well-drained soil, should only be watered when soil feels dry.

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile
Yes

Growth Rate
Fast, Medium

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection until well established; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

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Neem's olive-shaped fruit, seeds, bark, and leaves are the source of Neem oil which is cultivated for antioxidant, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.  

In Ayurvedic medicine, Neem is used externally for skin conditions, internally for gastrointestinal ailments, and for oral hygiene. You've probably seen Neem toothpaste, soap, or shampoo in the health foods section of your grocery store!

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