Plant Care Chinese Tallow

Chinese Tallow

About Chinese Tallow

Chinese tallow is a drought-tolerant shade tree in the Euphorbiaceae family. It was introduced in South Carolina in the 1700's as an ornamental tree. It can reach heights and widths of 40 feet with a 3-foot diameter. It has been placed on the State of Florida Noxious Weed List and on FLEPPC's Exotic Pest Plant Council's List of Invasive Species.


Triadica sebifera

Also known as

Chinese tallow, Chinese tallowtree, Florida aspen, Chicken tree, Gray popcorn tree and Candleberry tree

How to care for Chinese Tallow

💦 Water

How often to water your Chinese Tallow

Water needs for Chinese Tallow
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese Tallow needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Chinese Tallow

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Chinese Tallow in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese Tallow: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinese Tallow love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Chinese Tallow does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chinese Tallow in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Chinese Tallow

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese Tallow: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinese Tallow after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Chinese Tallow is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Common Chinese Tallow Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Chinese Tallow prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Chinese Tallow Water Frequency →

Chinese Tallow Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Chinese Tallow requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Chinese Tallow Light Requirements →

Chinese Tallow Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Chinese Tallow is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

🪴 Soil

Chinese Tallow is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

Best Soil Mix for Chinese Tallow →

💩 Fertilizer

Chinese Tallow is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Chinese Tallow will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Chinese Tallow →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Chinese Tallow can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Chinese Tallow Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Chinese Tallow can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Chinese Tallow →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Chinese Tallow

Chinese Tallow

Chinese Tallow

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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