E9. Neem Tree

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Neem trees are attractive broad-leaved evergreens that can grow up to 30 m tall and 2.5 m in girth.  Their spreading branches form rounded crowns as much as 20 m across.  They remain in leaf except during extreme drought, when the leaves may fall off.  The short, usually straight trunk has a moderately thick, strongly furrowed bark.  The roots penetrate the soil deeply, at least where the site permits, and, particularly when injured, they produce suckers.  This suckering tends to be especially prolific in dry localities.