tungoil tree Euphorbiaceae Vernicia fordii
Leaf:Alternate, simple, 6 to 10 inches long and wide, heart-shaped or with 3 shallow, maple-like lobes, long petiole, green above and below, red conspicuous glands at the base of the leaf.
Flower:Species is monoecious; showy, 5 white petals with streaks of red or purple in the throat, several inches across when open, appear before or with the leaves in loose, terminal clusters.
Fruit:Hard, woody, pear-shaped drupe, 1 1/2 to 3 inches across, containing usually 4 to 5 large, oily seeds, initially green but ripening to a purple-brown in late summer to early fall.
Twig:Dark gray-brown, numerous reddish lenticels, circular leaf scars.
Bark:Smooth and thin, brownish gray developing very shallow, reddish brown furrows.
Form:A small tree up to 30 feet tall with a spreading round crown.