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Popcorn Tree Sapium sebiferum

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Popcorn Tree:

Previously known as:

  • Sapium sebiferum
Phonetic Spelling
SAP-ee-um seb-EE-fer-um
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

An invasive tree in the southeast.

Causes only low toxicity if unripe fruit is eaten, skin irritation minor or lasting only for a few minutes

Weedy in disturbed areas, escaped and naturalized

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#invasive#weedy#Braham Arboretum
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#invasive#weedy#Braham Arboretum
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sapium
    Species:
    sebiferum
    Family:
    Euphorbiaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    used in candles, soaps, and cosmetics in China and Japan
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
    Distribution:
    introduced to NC, SC, GA, FL, LA, MS, AL, AR, TX, and CA
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
  • Cultural Conditions:
    NC Region:
    Coastal
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    poisonous
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    8 inch long spiked flowers
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    poisonous
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Problems:
    Invasive Species
    Poisonous to Humans
    Weedy
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin and eye irritation
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Possibly diterpene esters
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Fruits
    Sap/Juice