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Chinese Tallow

Chinese TallowScientific name: Triadica sebifera (L.) Small

Synonym: Sapium sebiferum

Common names: Chinese tallow, popcorn tree

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Native To: China and Japan (Meyer 2011)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 1700s (Meyer 2011)

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Video: University of Florida - Chinese Tallow (or click Play button below)

Means of Introduction: Introduced as an ornamental and to be cultivated for seed oil (Miller et al. 2010)

Impact: Crowds out native species (McCormick 2005)

Current U.S. Distribution:

U.S. States and U.S. National Parks Where Reported Invasive: Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States map

Management Plans: Plants / Chinese Tallow

Selected Internet Resources:

Federal Government

Triadica sebifera
Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
Taxonomy

Sapium sebiferum Article Citation Search - AGRICOLA Database
USDA. National Agricultural Library
Research; Special Note: NAL Catalog Search (resources)

Triadica sebifera - Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program.
Taxonomy

Chinese Tallow Tree - Weed of the Week (Feb 2, 2006; PDF | 266 KB)
USDA. FS. Northeastern Area. Forest Health Protection.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Triadica sebifera - Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls; Special Note: References

Tallowtree, Popcorntree - A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests
USDA. FS. Southern Research Station.; Bugwood Wiki.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Distribution; Controls

Plant Profile for Triadica sebifera - PLANTS Database
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.
Taxonomy; Photographs; Distribution; Special Note: noxious, invasive and introduced status; Special Note: Plant Guide - Chinese Tallow Tree (PDF | 126 KB)

Chinese Tallow Invasions into the Endangered Coastal Prairie: Causes and Consequences
EPA. National Center for Environmental Research.
Research

Plant Distribution -Triadica sebifera, Chinese Tallow Tree
DOI. National Atlas of the United States.
Distribution

Chinese Tallow: Invading the Southeastern Coastal Plain (Oct 2000; PDF | 243 KB)
DOI. National Wetlands Research Center.
Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Dispersion; Controls

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State Government

Chinese Tallow (Popcorn) Tree, An Ornamental Beauty Gone Wild
State of Florida. City of Tallahassee.
Dispersion; Controls

Chinese Tallow - Weed Alert (PDF | 1 MB)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Illustrations; Distribution

Natural Area Weeds: Chinese Tallow
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Distribution; Controls

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University/Academic

Chinese Tallowtree - Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Distribution

Chinese Tallow - Sapium sebiferum
University of Florida. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Controls

Tallowtree - Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth
Mississippi State University. GeoResources Institute.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Legal Aspects

Chinese Tallow Tree - Going Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants
North Carolina State University. North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Habitat; Dispersion; Controls

Chinese Tallow: Sapium sebiferum
Tulane University.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History

Portals and pathways: Invasive species of Louisiana
Tulane University. Center for Bioenvironmental Research.
Photographs; Distribution

Chinese Tallow Tree - Plants of Texas Rangelands
Texas A&M University System. Texas Cooperative Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Controls

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International

Sapium sebiferum - Invasive Species Compendium
Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI).
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Triadica sebifera (tree) - ISSG Global Invasive Species Database
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

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Organizations

Chinese Tallow (Popcorn Tree): Exotic Ornamental Gone Wild (PDF | 247 KB)
Bay County Conservancy (Florida).
Photographs; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Chinese Tallow - Invasive Weed Fact Sheet (PDF | 148 KB)
California Native Plant Society. Sacramento Valley Chapter.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Dispersion

Sapium sebiferum - Identification and Biology of Non-Native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas (PDF | 77 KB)
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Life Cycle; Distribution

Chinese tallow tree, popcorn tree
Guide to Invasive Plants of the Galveston Bay Area.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Triadica sebifera
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Distribution; Controls

Triadica sebifera
Texasinvasives.org.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Special Note: References

Chinese Tallowtree - Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Manual
Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Life Cycle; Habitat; Controls

Citations

McCormick, C.M. 2005. Chinese Tallow Management Plan for Florida (PDF | 5.21 MB) Chinese Tallow Task Force, Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council.

Meyer, R. 2011. Triadica sebifera. In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.

Miller, J.H., E.B, Chambliss, and N.J. Loewenstein. 2010. Tallowtree, Popcorntree (PDF | 755 KB) In: A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests. General Technical Report SRS-119. United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.

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Last Modified: Nov 26, 2013
 
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