Tree of Heaven

TREE OF HEAVEN, Ailanthus altissima (not native to Ontario)

tree_of_heaven_saltford_aAlso known as Chinese Sumac, it originated in China.  Tree of Heaven have been planted for ornamental purposes for many years.  They are tolerant of poor air quality in large urban areas and will survive on marginal sites.  This is the species featured in the novel “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith.  Unfortunately they may become invasive and are considered a noxious weed in many areas of the world.

Tree of Heaven (Toh01)

Size (note: diameter and circumference measured at breast height – 1.3 m above the ground)
Diameter: 51.5 cm
Circumference: 162 cm
Height: 13.6 m
Address: 34027 Saltford Road, Hamlet of Saltford
UTM Coordinates: E443838, N4844618
Notes: tree is immediately adjacent to the road
Submitted by: John Hazlitt and Steve Bowers
Date measured: October 10, 2008