Tung Oil Production in Florida
tung tree fruit
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Aleurites fordii
Tung tree
Tung varieties
Nutrient management
Cultural practices

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Minogue, Patrick Joseph. 2019. “Tung Oil Production in Florida: FOR351/FR420, 10/2019”. EDIS 2019 (5). Gainesville, FL:3. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-fr420-2019.


Tung tree seed produce an oil that is valuable in wood finishing and for various other uses. Development of a later-flowering tung tree cultivar has sparked renewed interest in tung seed as a potential alternative crop for northern and central Florida on sites having relatively well-drained, fertile soils and adequate moisture. This 3-page fact sheet written by Pat Minogue and published by the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation presents a history of tung oil production in Florida and provides the ecology and cultivation of the fast-growing trees. It outlines a plan for additional research to determine whether tung oil could again be produced in Florida.

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