Stop them before they kill again

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Why people love Tree of Heaven

leave a comment »


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 invasive.org, 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

Posted in Uncategorized

Tagged with

Tree of Heaven

leave a comment »


Tree of Heaven

Originally uploaded by maggie_and_her_camera

This graceful tree beautifies lawns, parks, forests, farmland, and every other place into which it can dig its roots.

Given the opportunity, it will become America’s national — and only — tree. It will do so by virtue of outgrowing and out-reproducing the other trees.

As someone said in a recent workshop, “Tree of Hell is closer to the truth than Tree of Heaven.”

I’ve spotted a number of these trees lately, and I have a bit of trouble convincing myself it really is the dreaded Tree of Heaven. Why? Because they are so very pretty. We are innately drawn to symmetry, and as you can see in this lovely photo by maggie_and_her_camera this babe is symmetrical. But, as some people’s grandmothers used to say, beauty is as beauty does; and this baby is rude, overbearing, and obnoxious.

Written by stopthembeforetheykillagain

October 18, 2008 at 12:45 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Tagged with