winter colours cannot do without chinese tallow tree.
its leaves are charming in the shape. they are alternate, broad rhombic to ovate in shape and sometimes with an extended tail often resembling the bo tree. what more, they change costume magically in cold seasons.
英文俗名中國獸脂 (chinese tallow tree)，說明樹原籍中國，產樹油。由種子仁榨出的清油，可做燈油、製油漆、機械滑潤油。英文維基還說烏桕是全球第三大產生物油的農產物。
chinese tallow is now considered invasive in some countries. it is however of great economic values: oil extracted from the seeds can be made into biodiesel; and the tallow skin of the seeds can also turn into material of wax and soap.
as the name suggested, this tree originate from china. it has a long history, some said dated back 1,400 years. poets compare tallow tree with maples and praised the former outshone the latter during autumn.
i am intrigue by the description of its fruit, yet to observe in the right season: “fruits are three-lobed, three-valved capsules. as the capsules mature, their color changes from green to a brown-black. the capsule walls fall away and release three globose seeds with a white, tallow-containing covering. seeds usually hang on the plants for several weeks.” wiki
烏桕 tallow tree (sapium sebiferum) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta division | 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida class | 金虎尾目 malpighiales order | 大戟科 euphorbiaceae family | 大戟亞科 euphorbioideae sub-family | 烏桕族 hippomaneae tribe | 烏桕亞族 hippomaninae sub-tribe | 烏桕屬 sapium genus | 種：烏桕 s. sebiferum species