The Chinese Tallow Tree has some of the most fantastic fall color changes of any tree, and the leaves on a single Chinese Tallow Tree may turn yellow, red, orange and even purple all at the same time. The Chinese Tallow (Popcorn Tree) Shade Tree is an ideal tree for shading a patio or for screening an objectionable view, or just acting as a privacy screen plant. Green seedpods on the Chinese Tallow (Popcorn Tree) Shade Tree later open to look like exploded popcorn.
Spectacular fall-leaf color changes begin around Halloween on the Chinese Tallow Shade Tree, and as a small but fast growing shade tree and forms a dense, rounded crown with small poplar-like leaves, and in the Fall, turn into a mass of yellows, reds and oranges. The Chinese Tallow tree will cover your yard with beautiful shades of yellow, red, and green in the fall. Not many trees show the wide array of color changes that are found in the Chinese Tallow tree. Though the Chinese Tallow fruit may look somewhat like popcorn, it is not used for food. Instead, the nut contains vegetable oil used to make candles and soap, thus, giving the Chinese Tallow (Popcorn Tree) Shade Tree the popular name, "Popcorn Tree." Seeds of the Chinese Tallow Tree are covered with a wax that is used to make candles, soap, vegetable oil and even biodiesel in China.