Chinese tallow tree Euphorbiaceae Triadica
sebifera (L.) Small
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, ovate to orbicular in shape, long pointed tip, wedge shaped base, entire margins, 2 to 3 1/2 inches long, green above, slightly paler below, smooth on both surfaces.
Flower: Borne on 2 to 3 inches slender yellow-green catkins, female flowers appear at the base of the cluster, appearing in late spring to early summer.
Fruit: Nearly round 3-lobed brown capsules, 1/2 inch in diameter, when mature the outer part splits revealing 3 white waxy seeds, matures in late summer to early fall.
Twig: Slender, green, turning a light brown, speckeled with lenticels, buds and leaf scars small.
Bark: Light reddish-brown to gray-brown, fissured with flat-topped ridges.
Form: Medium sized tree to 50 feet, with a broad pyramidial, open crown.
| Additional Range Information:
Triadica sebifera is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting Chinese tallow tree.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson