Tree of Heaven

(Ailanthus altissima)


Rapidly-growing tree that can reach 80’ or more. Tree of heaven has smooth stems, pale gray bark and light brown twigs. Leaves and male flowers have a strong odor of rancid peanuts.

Other names for this plant include:

  • Common names: China sumac, stinktree, ailanthus
  • Scientific names: A. glandulosa; Rhus cacodendron

Ecological threat:

  • Aggressive invader of urban areas, fields, roadsides, fencerows, woodland edges and forest openings. It may occur as seedlings in recently planted fields.
  • Prolific seed producer; once established can form an impenetrable thicket.
  • Allelopathic; plant produces chemicals that are toxic to other organisms, both plants and insects.

This is the primary host for the Spotted Lanternfly 

Tree of Heaven Resources

White Bedstraw

White Bedstraw

(Galium mollugo)
Spotted lanternfly

Spotted lanternfly

(Lycorma delicatula)