Mississippi trying to stop spread of invasive ‘popcorn tree’

September 29, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Forestry Commission says it is trying to control the spread of the invasive Chinese tallow tree, also known as the popcorn tree.

The tree has heart-shaped leaves, dangling yellow flowers and fruit that looks like popcorn.

The commission calls the tree one of the 10 worst invasive plants in the state and says it can quickly damage the native ecosystem.

The commission says in a news release that it is taking applications from cities for assistance in eliminating popcorn trees.