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Circular1204: Help Protect Florida's Natural Areas from Non-Native Invasive Plants

Figure 8. Chinese tallow (Sapium sebiferum), sometimes called popcorn tree, has been considered an invasive pest plant in the Carolinas since the 1970s and is expanding its range on the US Gulf Coast through Florida. It is widely dispersed by birds and thrives in undisturbed areas such as closed conopy forests, bottomland hardwood forests, shores of water bodies, and sometimes on floating islands. It is listed as a noxious weed by FDACS.