Random invasive species images that represents what NISIC does
USDA.gov NAL NISIC Sudden oak death Formosan subterranean termite Yellow star thistle Giant African snail Cactus moth Purple loosestrife
HomeAbout National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC)News and EventscouncilHelpContact Us
 Search the National Invasive Species Information Center
Search all USDA
Advanced Search
Search Tips
Browse by Geography
United States
Browse by Subject
Aquatic Species
Economic Impacts
Laws and Regulations
Manager's Tool Kit
Resource Library
You are here: Home / Plants / Species Profiles / Chinese Tallow
Species Profiles

Chinese Tallow

Chinese Tallow

Scientific name: Triadica sebifera (L.) Small (ITIS)

Synonym: Sapium sebiferum (ITIS)

Common names: Chinese tallow, popcorn tree

Click image to enlarge

Selected Resources

Native To: China and Japan (Meyer 2011)

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

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:

  • Invasive Species Maps
    USDA. FS. Northern Research Station.
    Maps are organized for 43 invasive plant species into five categories: trees, shrubs, vines, herbs, and grasses. Select the desired species to view the distribution information for northern states.
  • Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS) - Chinese tallowtree
    University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
    Provides state, county, point and GIS data. Maps can be downloaded and shared.



Selected Resources:

Back to Top


Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Manual - Chinese Tallowtree
Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.


Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER) - Triadica sebifera
USDA. FS. Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States - Chinese Tallowtree
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Texas Invasives Database - Triadica sebifera

Invasive Species Compendium - Sapium sebiferum
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Triadica sebifera (tree)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.


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

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) - Triadica sebifera
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.

PLANTS Database - Chinese Tallow
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.
See also: Plant Guide - Chinese Tallow Tree (PDF | 126 KB)

Chinese Tallow: Invading the Southeastern Coastal Plain (Oct 2000; PDF | 243 KB)
DOI. National Wetlands Research Center.


Chinese Tallow - Weed Alert (PDF | 1 MB)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


Plant Profile: Triadica sebifera
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Natural Area Weeds: Chinese Tallow
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth - Tallowtree
Mississippi State University. GeoResources Institute.

Chinese Tallow Tree - Going Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants
North Carolina State University. North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

AQUAPLANT - Chinese Tallow
Texas A&M University. AgriLife Extension Service. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.


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

The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area - Chinese Tallow Tree, Popcorn Tree
Galveston Bay Estuary Program (Texas).


Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Triadica sebifera. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

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

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). Asheville, NC: U.S. Forest Service.

Back to Top
Last Modified: May 18, 2016
Bookmark and Share
I Want To
    Read Recent News Articles
    Find Management Plans
    Locate Images
    Find Experts

More ...

    Species Profiles
    Discussion Groups
    Economic Impacts
    Educational Resources
    Image Galleries
    Frequently Asked Questions
    What You Can Do
Media Help
 To view PDF files, you must have Adobe® Acrobat® installed on your computer.

To view multimedia files, you must have Adobe® Flash® installed on your computer.

 NISIC Home | NAL Home | USDA | AgNIC | Agricultural Research Service | Web Policies and Important Links | Site Map
FOIA | Accessibility Statement| Privacy Policy | Non-Discrimination Statement | Information Quality | USA.gov | White House