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Why people love Tree of Heaven

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Tree of heaven

Originally uploaded by ashley.gill15

Ailanthus altisssima

The vibrant colors in this stunning photo by ashley.gill15 show why people love the Tree of Heaven. Beautiful, yes?   But the beauty applies only to how they look, not how they behave.

These trees will grow anywhere, including in sidewalk cracks and in cities where pollutants keep other trees from thriving.  They grow and grow and grow, and pretty soon there’s nothing growing — no other kinds of trees at all — but the Tree of Heaven.

According to, they were Introduced in 1748 by a Pennsylvania gardener. Since then, they’ve wandered across the country. Local efforts are being undertaken across the country to slow and to eliminate the advance of this pretty pest.


Written by stopthembeforetheykillagain

October 18, 2008 at 1:03 am

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