Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

CHINESE TALLOWTREE/POPCORN TREE
Sapium sebiferum
Euphorbiaceae

Leaves are simple, alternate, deciduous, and heart- or deltoid-shaped with a pair of glands at the leaf base and a long-pointed leaf apex. Twigs are smooth, exuding milky sap when broken. Fruit is a capsule that looks like popcorn. Form is up to 15 m (50 ft) in height. Popcorn tree is from Asia and has aggressively naturalized in the southeast.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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