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Chinese Tallow: Triadica sebifera

This tree grows in dense stands because the seeds which fall, and are carried to other locations, are very hardy. They have beautiful fall leaves, which is why many people want to plant them. However, they are invasive and can propagate themselves in the neighbor’s yard where they may be less appreciated.

There are alternatives which supply beautiful fall leaves and are not invasive: Southern red maple, sweetgum, Shumard oak, red oak, and rusty black haw (an understory bush) just to name a few.

This tree tends to thrive in wet conditions, but can also live in uplands.

Control of Chinese tallow is limited at this time to manual destruction, preventative measures, and chemical control. The sooner they are removed from their location the better the control.

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