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Tree of heaven

A species of Ailanthus, Also known as Ailanthus, Varnish tree
Botanical name : Ailanthus altissima Genus : Ailanthus

Tree of heaven, A species of Ailanthus
Also known as:
Ailanthus, Varnish tree
Botanical name: Ailanthus altissima
Genus: Ailanthus
Tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima)

Description

While the tree of heaven has a lovely name, it has a bad reputation in many areas of the US. Several states consider it an invasive species because of its aggressive growth, rapid reproduction, and ability to thrive in poor conditions. The root system of this tree routinely damages sidewalks, sewer systems and other structures.
Plant Type
Tree
Lifespan
Perennial
Spread
15 m
Flower Size
2.5 cm
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General Info

Name story

Tree of heaven
With a long history in China, it was also one of the China representing trees that was first introduced into the western countries. When it was first introduced to Europe and the United States, it was glorified as one of the most beautiful garden specimen, basically calling it Tree of Heaven. With this in mind, it was clear that it hold a prestigious position in people's mind at that time.
Ghetto palm||Stink tree||Tree of hell
Although it was very popular at first, people started feeling disgusted with its terrible odor when their passion for the plant faded away. Moreover, it also became an invasive species which then lead to mocking names like ghetto palm, stink tree and even tree of Hell.

Symbolism

strength of spirit, extreme adaptability

Usages

Environmental Protection Value
It can conserve soil and water, greening saline-alkali land, and purify air.
Garden Use
Tree of heaven is an ornamental tree, cultivated for its unique foliage and fast growth. It is considered a shade tree, but has become viewed as invasive and weedy. The tree has an off-putting aroma but is useful in landscaping to colonize disturbed areas. It is cultivated in some areas as a host for the Ailanthus SilkMoth.
Tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) Tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
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