Triadica sebifera (L.) Small (ITIS)
Sapium sebiferum (ITIS)
Chinese tallow, popcorn tree
China and Japan (Meyer 2011)
1700s (Meyer 2011)
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: https://www.regulations.gov/docket/APHIS-2020-0035.
*USDA has re-opened the comment period and will consider comments received by April 23, 2021. To comment, go to https://www.regulations.gov/docket/APHIS-2020-0035.
Distribution / Maps / Survey Status
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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
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.
State and Local Government
Mississippi Forestry Commission.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.
Mississippi State University. Extension.
Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
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.
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.
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. In: A field guide for the identification of invasive plants in southern forests (PDF | 13.27 MB) (General Technical Report SRS-119). Asheville, NC: U.S. Forest Service, p. 23.