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Tree Of Heaven
Ailanthus altissima

This rapid-growing deciduous tree is native to Asia, but was introduced into North America for its exotic appearance and has now naturalized extensively. Trees rarely live more than 50 years. The greenish-yellow and pink winged seeds form large conspicuous clusters at the tips of branches. The bark, leaves, and roots of this tree are used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Habitat:Adaptable to a wide variety of climatic conditions.
Growth Habit:Deciduous tree, very fast grower, up to 18.3 m tall and almost as wide.
Bloom Time:Mid-spring.
Longevity:Short-lived.
Presence in US:AL AR AZ CA CO CT DC DE FL GA HI IA ID IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MO MS NC NE NJ NM NV NY OH OK OR PA RI SC TN TX UT VA WA WI WV
Presence in Canada:ON QC
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