Tree of Heaven - Ailanthus altissima
Tree of Heaven is hardy
The Tree of Heaven is appropriately named because of its very beautiful appearance. Its leaves are bright green and it is a very good shade tree. This in an exotic plant originating from Northeastern and Central China and Taiwan. The Tree of Heaven grows the best in the sun and is drought tolerant, meaning that it does not need water to survive. In June, the Tree of Heaven produces the Ailanthus Flower which are yellowish-green clusters and during the summer the female plants produce fruit that remains on the tree for a very long period of time. The Ailanthus flower has the females and males on different plants. Each tree can produce up to a staggering 325,000 seeds a year!
As its name suggests, this tree looks like something out of a fantasy book, and while it may not be the focal point of your garden, or the kind of plant you would decorate tables with, this tree is easy to maintain and has an average life span of 50 years. It would require minimal pruning, but you would want to cut it back occasionally to prevent it from taking over, as well as to keep it small.
The Tree of Heaven an be invasive in some areas
The Tree of Heaven is incredibly drought, pest, and sun tolerant, and produces prolific pale blossoms in late spring. This tree would be great as an edging plant and would be a beautiful addition to any landscaping project.