Wild Florida Photo - Triadica sebifera - Chinese Tallowtree

Triadica sebifera 

Chinese Tallowtree
Chinese Tallow

Synonym(s): Sapium sebiferum

Not native to Florida

Florida Invasive Species Council: Category I designation

This plant is an invasive exotic that is altering native plant communities by displacing native species, changing community structures or ecological functions, or hybridizing with natives.
This species should never be planted (many with this designation are prohibited by law), and generally should be removed whenever possible.

Volusia Co. FL 05/03/21
Volusia Co. FL 05/03/21
Volusia Co. FL 05/03/21

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Native to China and Japan, Triadica sebifera has escaped cultivation into mesic and wet hammocks throughout much of Florida. It is also now found throughout the southeastern coastal United States from North Carolina into Texas, plus Arkansas and California.
These trees have distinctive nearly diamond-shaped (sub rhombic) to ovate leaves with entire margins.


Triadica sebifera is a member of the Euphorbiaceae - Spurge family.

Date record last modified: Jul 12, 2022

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