Tung Oil Tree - China Wood Oil Tree - Kalo Nut Tree
Aleurites fordii, Syn: Vernicia fordii
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge) Family
Fruit is a leathery thick-shelled nut.
The tree was imported from China as a bumper crop and installed in the southeast United States because it can withstand the poorest of soil. Large orchards were created during WW-II; a time when its oil found great commercial value as a machine lubricant used for servicing aircraft engines. Following WW-II the demand fell sharply and the orchards of Tung trees gave way to more profitable harvests; such as pecan. Other sources of machine oil were found in linseed, peanuts and castor.