View Full Version : Need help with ID of Alabama tree.

05-16-2006, 10:39 PM

I have several of these growing in the woods behind my house. It is fast growing, and I'm considering transplanting one or two to the front yard. Any ID help would be great.



05-16-2006, 10:53 PM
It looks like a Chinese Tallowtree Triadica sebifera L.
The Tallowtree is a weed like tree that is native of China and looks very much like a Poplar. It rapidly grows up to 30 feet tall and often forms thickets. It was planted for a ornamental in here in America.

05-16-2006, 11:02 PM
found it one page 3 :)

thanks for the help....

now to decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing... I see that they are invasive...

I've got a pretty diverse wooded area behind my house (multiple varieties of pines and oaks, a few cedars, and a 50 foot tall holly, as well as some others). It's a pretty tree, and fast growing, but I don't want it killing everything off either... hmmm.

Quirky Quercus
05-17-2006, 09:05 AM
I agree that it's a chinese tallow. It's a beautiful tree in my opinion with reliable fall color . HOWEVER, it's a major pest plant and if you want to keep the weeds behind your house diverse then get rid of the invasives like chinese tallow.

Here's a chinese tallow I found growing on the side of the road in florida


05-17-2006, 09:30 AM
They are pretty, and they are pests. The vast majority of invasive plants in the US were introduced here intentionally, as ornamental or agricultural plants. Unfortunately, that means that they are often very appealing to us, and they continue to get planted well after they become a problem.

The best adaptations any plant species can have is to become desireable to humans and amenable to cultivation.

05-18-2006, 10:16 AM
FYI - They also call this (in South Alabama anyway) a 'Popcorn Tree'