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The Tree of Heaven Tree of Heaven

Ailanthus altissima

Found: in waste places throughout our area. The tree is a native of China and is considered in some areas to be a weed tree.

Height: ranges from 6.1 to 30.5 meters (20-100 feet)

Leaves: large compound leaves. Each leaflet has a tooth near the base that contains a gland, making it easily identifiable.

Uses: Researchers at the National Cancer Institute have found that the Tree of Heaven has several antimalarial compounds, of which 5 are more potent than chloroquine, the standard antimalarial drug at present. The tree is also used in several traditional Chinese remedies.

Notice the gland near the base of the leaf
Tree of heaven bark and compound leaves