Tree of Heaven

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Tree of Heaven Description

Tree of Heaven - Ailanthus Altissima

Tree of Heaven is a super-fast grower that reaches 70 feet when mature. The tree's leaves are close in appearance to the sumac, with some of its foliage measuring 3 feet long. Some trees are confused with walnut trees, but this tree does not yield nuts or fruit, unlike walnut trees. Instead, both male and female plants produce panicles, long flower clusters similar to oats or lilacs. The female flowers are odorless and are generally preferred over the male type. Its bark is brown, and its leaves turn orange-red in the autumn.

As a prolific grower, it thrives in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 8, where it grows best in dry soils and full sun. It was initially grown as a street tree because of its tolerance to air pollution, ability to thrive in poor soils, and rapid growth. The tree grows up to 5 feet per year and resembles a palm tree in its early stages. What makes this tree valuable, aside from its exotic appearance, is its ability to increase in areas where other trees fail to thrive. Its lifespan is 30 to 70 years, considered short-lived for a tree.

However, this tree will provide your yard or garden with much-needed shade while longer-lived trees mature. Originally from China and Taiwan, the tree was domesticated as an ornamental in 1820 and planted throughout New York. It is referenced in Betty Smith's novel "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." Above all, this tree is a survivor in harsh conditions, although it does not survive moist soils or flooding.

Gardeners find the tree beneficial because it attracts honeybees and other pollinators. A delightful addition to new yards and gardens, the tree  is easy to grow and rapidly adds lush vegetation to your landscape.

Tree of Heavens Attributes

This tree, as the name suggests, is attributed to its unique rapid growth towards the sky. Also, scientifically known as Ailanthus Altissima, it thrives in a variety of soils, making it possible to grow anywhere. This species of tree grows in clusters as new shoots emanate from the roots. It grows straight up to heights of 80 feet and with a diameter of up to 3 feet. 


 1. Landscaping and Medicinal Uses

This exotic species of  this tree is widely integrated into landscaping when doing garden beautification. With its advantage of sprouting in clusters, this tree gives a beautiful ambiance of the garden scenery when pruned. Furthermore, it has a bark that, when dried, has some uses in the medical industry, while it also produces a chemical that can be used to extract insecticides.

 2. Ornamental Uses

 It is a desirable tree in everyone’s garden for its decorative feature as a shade tree. In fact, it has smooth greyish bark with brown twigs supporting the beautiful long and deciduous leaves. Moreover, its rapid growth qualifies them as the best candidates for windbreaks and quick shades in gardens before waiting for the slower trees to grow.

 3. Frost and Drought Resistant

 Its attribute to resist both frost and drought is another added advantage. This gives it a competitive edge among other trees hence the assurance of the tree survival given any weather condition. Also, the tree is preyed upon by very few pests; this is because, naturally, the tree produces a toxin in its bark that inhibits the pest infestations.

 In addition, the tree has high seed production, where it yields more than 325,000 seeds per year. This not only guarantees the rapid spread of the plant but also ensures the plant’s continuity. 

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Reviews (2)

  • 4

    Posted by Mark Wood on Jan 11, 2022

    This is a stunning plant, and the staff is friendly and helpful.

  • 5
    Tree of heaven

    Posted by Ashley Stewart on Jan 10, 2022

    As always, I received my plants healthy and in good condition..


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We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

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