After the algae and palm oil, vegetable oil seed S. sebiferum is most important for the production of biodiesel fuel to combat the rise of global warming. The sap of the plant and leaves are toxic to humans and animals.
The wax from the seeds is harvested by placing the seeds in hot water being collected in the water. The other plant parts are toxic, less wax, which can be used as a substitute for vegetable oil in cooking.
The nectar is also non toxic and is used by bees to produce honey. Honey is not high quality but is produced and sold during the barren season of the year when most other plants are not blooming.
The tree is ornamental, fast growing, excellent as a visual barrier. In autumn, the leaves acquire a multiciplicidade of colors, the beauty, compete with other plants.