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Chinese Tallow

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Chinese tallow
Scientific Name:
Triadica sebifera (L.) Small (ITIS)
Sapium sebiferum (ITIS)
Common Name:
Chinese tallow, popcorn tree
Chinese tallowtree foliage - Photo by Cheryl McCormick; The University of Florida
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)
Crowds out native species (McCormick 2005)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status



Selected Resources

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Council or Task Force


USDA. Forest Service; Southern Regional Extension Forestry. Forest Health Program.

See also: Chinese Tallow Tree for more resources

IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
USDA. FS. Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Federal Government

USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

State and Local Government

Mississippi Forestry Commission.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Texas A&M University. AgriLife Extension Service. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source - publication resources
North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension. Going Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants.

University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.


Bay County Conservancy (Florida).
See also: Invasive Exotic Plants for more publications