Well Traveled…the tree that behaves like a weed.The tree-of-heaven-Ailanthus altissima-also called a “stink tree”- is a deciduous tree and considered an ecological threat.Yes it is a invasive plant that can be seen growing along field,trails,forest edges,city lots,sidewalks-sounds like a weed!When I was growing up Dad planted one in the yard.They grow very fast and tall-70′-100′ crowding out whatever is in the way and taking names as well.Considered an ornamental coming to America via the colonists via China in the 1700’s.Supporting it’s growth is a chemical-plants of this nature are called allopathic-it produces to prevents other plants from growing near it.It reproduces with both seeds-325,000-and sprouts.On the plus side the tree has been used in both folk medicine and as a potential drug for diarrhea,asthma,cramps,and epilepsy.See weeds have a bright side!The tree-of heaven has wide distribution in the US,Australia,Europe, and NZ.By the way I did plant one in my yard many years just like Dad-they do stink!References:invasivespesciesinfo.gov and iastate.edu.

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One thought on “Well Traveled…the tree that behaves like a weed.The tree-of-heaven-Ailanthus altissima-also called a “stink tree”- is a deciduous tree and considered an ecological threat.Yes it is a invasive plant that can be seen growing along field,trails,forest edges,city lots,sidewalks-sounds like a weed!When I was growing up Dad planted one in the yard.They grow very fast and tall-70′-100′ crowding out whatever is in the way and taking names as well.Considered an ornamental coming to America via the colonists via China in the 1700’s.Supporting it’s growth is a chemical-plants of this nature are called allopathic-it produces to prevents other plants from growing near it.It reproduces with both seeds-325,000-and sprouts.On the plus side the tree has been used in both folk medicine and as a potential drug for diarrhea,asthma,cramps,and epilepsy.See weeds have a bright side!The tree-of heaven has wide distribution in the US,Australia,Europe, and NZ.By the way I did plant one in my yard many years just like Dad-they do stink!References:invasivespesciesinfo.gov and iastate.edu.

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