Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) - tree - September 2017
A single Tree of Heaven's within the Hill Barton industrial park of Exeter, UK. === The Tree of Heaven or Ailanthus altissima was first introduced to the U.K, in 1751 (from China). It has been grown in gardens, parks and civic settings for many years being valued for its rapid growth, attractive foliage and colourful, winged fruits. It is a spreading tree, often suckering, with large pinnate leaves which are reddish in spring, and small green flower clusters followed on female trees by red, winged fruits It is a dioecious plant, that is, an individual plant either produces male or female flowers. In order to guarantee a good display of the fruits, you should ensure plants of both sexes are planted. It flowers and fruits well in hot summers. Ailanthus is tolerant of pollution, soil disturbance and is ‘at home’ in an urban environment. It may respond to cutting back by producing underground suckers that can damage pavements, drainage etc. In addition to its use as an ornamental plant, the tree of heaven is also used for its wood, medicinal properties, and as a host plant to feed silkworms of the moth Samia cynthia. It produces and releases into the ground chemicals that inhibit the germination and growth of other species. === Scientific classification e Kingdom: Plantae Clade: Angiosperms Clade: Eudicots Clade: Rosids Order: Sapindales Family: Simaroubaceae Genus: Ailanthus Species: A. altissima Binomial name Ailanthus altissima
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