Chinese Tallowtree Biology and Management in Southeastern U.S. Forests

Chinese Tallowtree Biology and Management in Southeastern U.S. Forests

Lauren S. Pile, Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation, Clemson University, Clemson, SC; Nancy J. Loewenstein, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University, Auburn, AL; Gregory S. Wheeler, USDA ARS Invasive Plant Research Laboratory, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and David Coyle, Extension Associate, Southern Regional Extension Forestry and UGA – D. B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Environmental Management, Forest Health, Forest Management, and Issues

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Chinese tallowtree [Triadica sebifera (L.) Small] is the most pervasive and stand replacing exotic tree species in southeastern U.S. forests. Originally introduced to the U.S. in 1776, Chinese tallowtree was documented in South Carolina in the late 1700s and in Texas by 1910. It is now present throughout much of the southeastern U.S., especially in coastal areas and the Western Gulf Region.  Chinese tallowtree’s rapid growth, high seed production, and ability to outcompete native vegetation across many habitat types make this invasive plant a great threat to native ecosystems.

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