Popcorn Trees Creating Problems

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

In this case, it goes beyond "it's all in a name." The technical name is Chinese Tallows. They are native to China, but made their way west in the 1700s.

The exotic plant flourishes on the Gulf Coast, but what if applying chemicals is not an option? That's the case at the Junior Museum of Bay County, where all kinds of wildlife dwells right where the popcorn trees have set up shop.

The Junior Museum is having to pay for laborers to haul the trees off the property.

Non-indigenous plants are a major problem for native fauna and flora. Experts are trying to clear out the trees before the trees take over completely.

Popcorn trees usually bloom in May, but are a nuisance year-round.


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