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Chinese tallow tree

 
Jeremy Stevens
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Location: Tenaha, TX
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Without getting into the native / invasive argument, I have identified that I have this growing on my land...everywhere.

According to the wiki, it is used in soap and candle making, as well as excellent nectar for honey. Does anyone have any experience with this tree they would care to share?
 
Jennifer Richardson
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Location: Columbus, Texas, USA (Colorado County). Zone 8b, verging on Zone 9. Humid subtropical, drought prone
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My experience with Chinese Tallow mostly involves a lot of weeping and heavy drinking, but this is the best overview article I've found on the subject:

http://www.eattheweeds.com/popcorn-tree-florida-aspen-tallow-tree-2/

Conclusion: inconclusive.

I have not yet tried to separate the wax to make candles, but it's on my list. I'd love to hear of anything you try; if I do get around to it myself, I will report back here.

Here is a step-by-step article on using the wax for candles, from someone who sounds like they've done it:

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/harvest-chinese-tallow-wax-75935.html
 
Jeremy Stevens
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Sounds good! A cursory glance while walking around, and I have at least 5 or 6 with nuts. I will follow up in a couple months when they are ripe with my wax extracting efforts. Thanks for the links!
 
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