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Came into the US in the 1700's, the invasive species known as the Chinese tallow is native to China and Japan. It was introduced as an ornamental and to be cultivated for seed oil. This is a negative thing for the environment because it crowds out native species. By Julia Orr and JP Arney
In the United States, it appears in California, Texas, and the south including Florida. It is also in eastern China, Taiwan, and Japan. It is also used in landscaping due to the fact that it survives well in hot environments with minimal predators.
Invasive species as a whole are bad for the environment because it crowds out native species. It is occasionally used for industrial usage and soap making; however, the see'ds inner oil can be toxic. In the southeast it is also used by beekeepers to provide environments for their bees. FUN FACT: The Chinese tallow is also known as the chicken tree.
Spotted on Sep 2, 2015
Submitted on Sep 2, 2015