Triadica sebifera, also known as Sapium sebiferum,
thetallow is a fast-growing deciduous with a rounded or conical crown and an open, airy look. It can get up to 40 ft (12.2 m) tall with a 20 ft (6.1 m) spread. The leaves are diamond shaped, abruptly pointed at the tip, and 2-3 in (5-7.6 cm) long. They flutter in the breeze like poplar leaves. In fall the leaves turn brilliant shades of scarlet, orange, yellow and maroon. The springtime flowers are in yellowish green catkins on the branch tips. The fruits are 3-lobed brown capsules that open to reveal three white, waxy seeds that resemble popcorn.
Chinese tallow tolerates almost any soil and can grow 5 ft (1.5 m) tall in its first year.
Light: Full sun or partial shade.
Moisture: Chinese tallow is only moderately drought tolerant; seedlings especially, need watering during dry periods.
This is one of the best trees for autumn color in warmer areas.Very attractive small deciduous tree with broad heart shaped leaves. It has crimson autumn foliage with some yellow, orange and ruby-red leaves.
It is semi deciduous in hot climates and deciduous in cooler climates. The leaves are attractive as they range from yellow to orange, red and purple in autumn, even in a frost free climate. Loves full sun and a must for the colorful tree lovers.