An invasive tree not known to be in Hawaiʻi. Native to central China and Taiwan, it was brought to the mainland USA in the late 1700s. It is now considered invasive in over 30 states. One specimen was found in cultivation in Kaua’i. It has since been eradicated. To date, no more trees are known to be present anywhere in the state.
Description and Dispersal:
- A tall tree up to 80 ft with smooth stems and pale gray bark
- 10-41 small leaflets form large compound leaves (1-4 ft long), each leaflet has one or more teeth along its edge
- Small, pale yellow to greenish flowers grow in clusters on the tip of the branches; reddish-orange fruit is flat and twisted growing in large bunches up to 12 in across
- Spread by seeds and suckers, seeds are dispersed by wind, water, and birds