Chinese tallow is an invasive plant originally introduced in Florida as a landscape plant. It is a deciduous tree that can grow up to 30 feet tall and is found in almost every county in Florida. Seed is transported by bird from landscaped to native areas, compounding the problem.
Land owners and managers can help with the situation by removing these plants from the landscape. Mature trees can be cut down with a chainsaw and a herbicide applied to the freshly cut stump. Immature plants can be removed by hand. Herbicides containing triclopyr ester and triclopyr amine are most effective.