Neem is a native of south Asia .It is a fast growing and evergreen tree.Neem can grow to 50-70 feet in its native climate.
Neem can grow in any soil,but do its best in deep sandy soil with good drainage.
There is no special care needed. Neem plants can take the hot, Phoenix sun very well. Need frost protection
Plant is drought tolerant. For good growth watered regularly in the summer months. As with all the trees, I irrigate them 7-14 days during growing season and every 4 to 6 weeks during the winter.months
We have 3 to 5 inch thick layer of partially compost mulch near the tree drip line. As it is vigorous growing plant, it needs regular fertilizer during the summer months.
Medicinal UsesNeem is known as wonder tree of the world. Neem probably is the world most efficient insect repellent with extracts from its fruit, kernels, leaves, and twigs, which yield a compound known as “azadirachtian” and which is systemic in action and has both insecticide and fungicide properties.
The Neem oil has been used for various purposes including skin care, soaps and etc, in South Asia. The leaves are boiled in water for extracting azadeirachtian and diluted in water; it is taken orally against many diseases and used as bath for skin diseases. Neem is related to mahogany and has beautiful hard wood of pink color, highly suitable for furniture. At an age of about 20 years, the tree produces wood which is surpassed only by mahogany and teak . One aspect of its is that once furniture is made from its wood, it keeps on darkening i.e., acquiring deep pink color with age. Its timber besides being durable is not attacked by termites.
Needs protection from frost. Tolerate summer heat well.
Tree shown here is about 1 1/2 years old. Obtained by Mail order from Florida . It was 4 “ tall when planted now it is about 5 feet tall.