Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1605

Tree
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

Non-native: China
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Uncommon in GA, rare in NC

Look for it . It is planted for the oil and for ornament. It has naturalized on the Gulf Coastal Plain and shows a tendency to naturalize in the NC Coastal Plain, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
US Forest Service Southern Research Station

 

full sun partial shade

LEAVES:
Deciduous (almost evergreen in the Deep South)
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
White (with pink veins, purplish center)
Usually bisexual
5 petals, corolla campanulate
8-12 stamens
Inflorescence a flat-topped panicle of cymes

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Reddish-green
Drupe

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Malpighiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Vernicia fordii   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vernicia fordii   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida (Wunderlin & Hansen, 2003)
Aleurites fordii

 

COMMON NAME:
Tung-oil Tree