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Chinese Tallow

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Chinese tallow
Chinese tallowtree foliage - Photo by Cheryl McCormick; The University of Florida
Scientific Name: 

Triadica sebifera (L.) Small (ITIS)


Sapium sebiferum (ITIS)

Common Name: 

Chinese tallow, popcorn tree

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)


USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is accepting comment on an environmental assessment (EA) that addresses the environmental impacts of releasing the insects Bikasha collaris and Gadirtha fusca to biologically control the invasive Chinese tallow tree (Triadica sebifera) in the contiguous U.S.

APHIS is making the EA available to the public for review and comment for thirty days starting on Jan 21, 2021. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before Feb 22, 2021 at:

*USDA has re-opened the comment period and will consider comments received by April 23, 2021. To comment, go to

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Provides state, county, point and GIS data. Maps can be downloaded and shared.


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.


Google. YouTube; University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Google. YouTube; Mississippi Forestry Commission.

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.

International Government

New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).

State and Local Government

Mississippi Forestry Commission.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Mississippi State University. Extension.

Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Texas A&M University. AgriLife Extension Service. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.

University of Arkansas. Cooperative Extension Service.

Texas A&M University. Texas A&M Forest Service.

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