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What Is A Chinese Tallow Tree: How To Grow A Chinese Tallow Tree

By Teo Spengler

If you have never heard of the Chinese tallow tree, you may well ask what it is. For more Chinese tallow tree information, including tips on how to grow a Chinese tallow, then click on the article that follows to learn more.


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Extremely Poisonous

The Chinaberry tree proves that looks can be very deceiving. Though its berries and flowers appear very attractive, in reality, the tree should be approached with great caution. The bark, leaves, flowers, and berries of Chinaberry are all toxic and can cause severe problems to human beings as well as animals. Chinaberry is known to poison humans, cattle, dogs, cats, goats, sheep, and other farm animals if consumed. The symptoms of poisoning from Chinaberry make themselves apparent very soon―diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weakness, seizures, and cardiac arrest, to name a few. Poisoning from Chinaberry tree can even be fatal. Hence, it is very important to keep the ground free from berries, leaves, or flowers of Chinaberry if there is a chance of consumption, either by children or animals.

Invasive Nature

When it was introduced as an exotic ornamental plant in the U.S., the Chinaberry was much-loved, until the cons of raising it became apparent. Unfortunately, this pretty tree comes with its share of troubles. Chinaberry trees grow easily and have a fast growth rate. They also encroach rapidly on the natural habitat of the region and have the ability to destroy other native species of flora. They reduce the plant diversity of that region, and are thus, a threat to its native environment. Many experts consider the Chinaberry a pest and include it in the list of harmful weeds.

Act as Mosquito Repellents

Chinaberry trees are said to repel mosquitoes. This, however, does not mean that they kill all the mosquitoes in that area. Many people having Chinaberry trees in their gardens claim that the toxic nature of the trees keeps mosquitoes and other insects away. This is, till date, a largely-debated point, and no definite proof has been found that supports this claim yet.

Effect on Birds

Birds love the fruit of Chinaberry trees and devour them. The toxins in the berries don’t drastically affect birds, but cause a “drunken state” in them for a while that affects their flying, and “drunk birds” can often be spotted around Chinaberry trees.

If you’re thinking of buying a Chinaberry for your garden, make sure you get a certified sapling from the nursery, one that is disease-free and pest-free. Having a Chinaberry tree in your yard can be either an advantage or a disadvantage. In the end, it all depends upon perspective, doesn’t it?


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