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


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

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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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 🏡.


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.

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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

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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