Quassia - deciduous tree growing to 100 ft (30 m). Quassia has smooth gray bark, compound leaves, small yellow flowers, and pea-sized black fruit.
No insect pests ever attack the tall, graceful quassia tree. The whole plant - and especially the whitish wood - is permeated by an extremely bitter resin whose major chemical constituent, a bitter compound called quassin, is an effective natural insecticide.
The ash-like tree itself, native to Jamaica and several other West Indian islands, grows to a height of 100 feet. It has pinnately compound leaves with many pointed leaflets, and it bears attractive clusters of small rose-colored flowers.
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