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Chinese Tallow (Sapium sebiferum)

This is a deciduous tree. In autumn the mid-green leaves turn crimson, with some yellow, orange and ruby-red foliage. In November and December greenish yellow flower spikes appear on the tips of the branches, followed by 3-celled capsules. The fruit ripens and turns brown in autumn, then splits open to reveal three seeds which are covered with a layer of pure white wax. Beautiful orange, red, purple and yellow autumn foliage provides autumn colour in climates with mild winter’s.

Maximum Height

8 Metres

Maximum Spread

6 Metres


Domed crown


Chinese tallow tree grows from cool to subtropical zones. Grow in a warm sheltered microclimate in frost prone areas and protect trees when young.


Chinese tallow tree will grow in most soils, but prefers a well-drained sandy loam enriched with organic matter. Water well until the tree becomes established. Plant in a warm sunny position for best autumn colour.

Ideas for Use

Good street tree or small tree for the home garden insect and disease free drought tolerant once established

Advise level of care
Easy Care