How do Chinese tallow's characteristics make it such an aggressive invader?

Chinese tallow has the ability to reach reproductive age in as little as 3 years and to remain productive for at least 60 years. It does not seem to have a preference for disturbed areas over undisturbed areas and can grow in a variety of places. It can also grow in both full sunlight and shade. It is more tolerant of salinity and flooding than quite a few other native species. It grows in subtropical to warm climates but is hardy and able to withstand a few degrees of frost. It is able to thrive in the United States and is resistant to native insects. In addition, it is somewhat resistant to fire.


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U.S. Forest Service Background on Chinese tallow