Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium (GRADS)


G. Geoff Wang

Document Type



Forest Resources

Publication Date

Spring 2013


Chinese tallow (Triadica sebifera) tree is an aggressive, fast growing, highly adaptable invasive tree of the southeastern United States coastal region. Our study is located on Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Parris Island MCRD. Chinese tallow has been managed on Parris Island MCRD since 2001through the use of herbicides primarily with ‘hack and squirt’ methodology. In 2010, invasive species presence and abundance on Parris Island MCRD was surveyed in order to monitor the Chinese tallow population and to assess the effectiveness of previous control efforts. Results from this survey suggest there is a need for a more effective management approach because the Chinese tallow population in some areas had increased despite herbicide applications. In this study, we seek to find an effective approach for managing Chinese tallow while, at the same time, promoting native species diversity and restoring the forest ecosystem. We will test several integrated treatments including mechanical, herbicide and fire to determine their efficacy on Chinese tallow control as well as their potential adverse effects on native vegetation. The goal of the study is to determine the most effective integrated treatment of Chinese tallow.