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Popcorn tree, Chinese tallow

Triadica sebifera

Description:

Commonly called a "popcorn tree" for the appearance of its burst seed pods in the fall. Native to eastern Asia, where the waxy coating of the seeds is used in candle- and soap-making. Third most productive vegetable-oil producing crop in the world. Invasive species in the Southern U.S.

Notes:

Other common names: Florida aspen, chicken tree, gray popcorn tree, candleberry tree.

This was a mystery spotting for a long time, until the seed pods burst in the fall and a friend recognized it, see http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/730...

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8 Comments

suzmonk
suzmonk 6 years ago

Hi, Jemma ... I did have a look at the insect, accidental capture, but the focus didn't hold as I cropped in tight. I'll see if I have another photo in that batch.

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

cut and crop my friend,Cut it and crop it.

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

what bug is that?

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 6 years ago

hazelnut trees look totally different :) I have seen tons of them in the forest :)

that is so great to have that kind of trees in public! :))

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

We have almonds and walnuts in public places. People can help themselves to those!and pomegranates and apples too.

suzmonk
suzmonk 6 years ago

No ... not a hazelnut. It's planted in a public space. I may have to go look up the guys who tend the grounds, see if anyone knows. Oh well, what's life without mystery, right?

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

hazelnut tree?

suzmonk
suzmonk 6 years ago

This "mystery tree" is doing something new. Putting out an early fall flower. The first photo is new, taken Sept. 27. Still can't put an ID on the tree, but I can't imagine it's anything that uncommon.

suzmonk
Spotted by
suzmonk

Scooba, Mississippi, USA

Spotted on Aug 15, 2013
Submitted on Aug 26, 2013

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