Chinese tallow

Triadica sebifera (Sapium sebiferum)



  • Photo credit: ¬©Dennis Teague

  • Triadica sebifera (Sapium sebiferum)

  • Description: This species is a small deciduous tree, growing o to 16m tall. It has milky sap, and small brown fruit when ripe. Its leaves taper to a point, and its flowers are small and yellow.

  • Origin and Worldwide Distribution: It is native to Asia, but has been introduced and became invasive in the United States of America, Australia, Taiwan, and Zambia.

  • Potential or Known Impacts: This species can grow in stands, displacing native vegetation, and limiting food for native herbivores It can cause ramifications for habitat successions, changing many different habitats to monoculture woodland.

  • How did it/could it get here? Could be introduced accidentally by birds Introduced to the United States for soap and vegetable tallow production

  • Is it found in Ireland or Northern Ireland? It is not found in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Static Distribution Map as of December 2019 - Courtesy of CEDaR

  • Methods for Prevention: EU-level action includes a ban on sales and any planting or keeping, including in aquaria, as well as rapid eradication of any new populations to avoid the excessively high costs associated with its management later on.

  • Current Legislative Position¬†(Listed on 14 August 2019) This species must not intentionally be brought into the Union; kept; bred; transported to, from or within the United Kingdom, unless for the transportation to facilities in the context of eradication; placed on the market; used or exchanged; permitted to reproduce, grown or cultivated; or released into the environment. For further queries, you can contact the Non Native Invasive Species Team in the Northern Ireland Environment Agency on 028 9056 9558.
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