Sapium sebiferum
(Chinese Tallow)

 
“   Popcorn Tree   ” by    Richard Elzey    is licensed under    CC BY 2.0

Popcorn Tree” by Richard Elzey is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“   乌柏树 Chinese tallow tree   ” by    Kware Ji    is licensed under    CC BY 2.0

Medium tree normally growing 35-45′ tall, open canopy.

Leaves: deciduous, alternate, simple, entire margin, deltoid to ovate or rhomboid, 2″ to 4″ long.

Flowers: yellow, spring, attracts bees.

Fruit: round, 1/2″ in length, dry and hard, brown, opening to white, showy, causes some litter, germinates in landscape.

Twigs: green, slender.

Bark: branches droop slightly as tree grows, should be grown with a single leader.

Comments: Very invasive species, urban tolerant, wood is brittle, thrive in confined soil spaces. Not recommended for planting.