Introduced to the United States in the early 1700s, the Chinese Tallow is a prolific seed producer from early in life and outcompetes native trees. The tree severely impacts riparian and wetlands by changing water chemistry. It increases the rate dissolved nutrients, such as phosphates, enrich the water which results in the water’s dissolved oxygen being depleted and causing death of aquatic life. Leaves, fruits and sap are toxic to humans, dogs, cats, and horses. The tree crowds out native plants and forms a monoculture.
Chinese Tallow tree is on the Texas Dept. of Agriculture’s list of Invasive Plants which are illegal to sell, distribute or import into Texas.
For information on how to eradicate this invasive, view our statement on herbicide use and preferred alternatives for invasive plants.
You can replace this invasive plant with native alternatives. Here are some plants that make superior replacements.
Match your location on the Texas map to the color squares on the replacement plants below to find suitable replacements for your ecoregion.