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Popcorn Tree Control Program

Help Stop the Pop, MFC's popcorn tree control program, aims to track popcorn trees, assist municipalities with popcorn tree control, and educate landowners about proper tree removal.

The leaves and seeds of the Popcorn Tree

Report Popcorn Trees with “Help Stop the Pop”

Chinese tallow tree, also known as the popcorn tree, are deceptive. They look attractive and ornamental, but they are actually highly invasive and will quickly damage the native ecosystem wherever they are planted. By reporting the location of these trees, you can help the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) get a full picture of Mississippi’s popcorn tree problem, which is the first step to combating the spread of this invasive species.

Help the MFC stop the spread of this invasive species. Report sightings to:

Municipal Assistance for Popcorn Trees

The MFC is currently taking applications from municipalities statewide to assist with popcorn tree control. To apply, please contact:

Misty Booth
Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator 

Resources and Information for Landowners

MFC encourages private landowners to pursue Chinese Tallow Tree control on their properties.

Control Methods

  • Cut down large trees with a chainsaw and treat outer two inches of cut surface of stump with undiluted glyphosate concentrate or a triclopyr-based product.
  • Large saplings can be treated in a similar fashion, taking care to treat the entire cut surface.
  • If seed capsules are present on cut limbs, collect and bag these and dispose of in heavy garbage bag so they do not spread.
  • Monitor for seedlings and continue control as needed.

More Information and Further Reading