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Aleurites fordii/Tung Oil Tree

Aleurites fordii / Aleurites fordii
Early spring flowers with emerging foliage
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Early spring flowers with emerging foliage

Specimen tree



Close-up of flowers


Almost mature nut

Fall color

Foliage and nut

Tin red glands at base of leaf

Mature leaves

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Scientific Name: Aleurites fordii
Common Name: Tung Oil Tree
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Trees, Fruiting
Comments: Beautiful spring flowers; bold, coarse, dark green leaves in summer and yellow autumn color. It produces nuts that are poisonous. This tree has escaped cultivation across portions of the South, especially the coastal sections of Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. It was once a tree of great promise because of the oil content in the tung oil nuts.