Tung Oil Tree

Scientific Name: 
Vernicia fordii
Family Name: 
Euphorbiaceae
Place of Origin: 
Asia
Plant Description: 
Tung Oil trees have fairly large leaves and the toxic flower/fruit/seed ripens in Autumn.
Plant Height: 
Up to 20m
Plant Use: 
Craft/Construction/Fibre
Danger
Fuel
Of Interest: 
All parts of this tree are toxic, but from this amazing tree (also known as China Wood Oil) you can extract an oil from the inner seed (the outer shell can be used as mulch...though not fed to stock as it is toxic to them). The oil can be used as lamp oil (this is how it was traditionally used in China), as a natural wood finish, and when gums are removed, even as a motor oil. The oil is used for furniture because it is tough and waterproof. Eventhough the seeds are toxic and the oil shouldn't be ingested, after processsing it is recommended as a natural finish for cutting boards and timber toys...though not if you're allergic to nuts! Unfortunately, lots of oils marked "Tung Oil" also have also sorts of synthetic nasties in them. Tung oil is also used to seal marble and granite.
Annual, Biannual or Perennial: 
Perennial
Plant Type: 
Medium Tree
Climate: 
Temperate
Warm Temperate
Deciduous or Evergreen: 
Deciduous

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