How to Grow Ailanthus altissima Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Tree of Heaven

Tree of heaven
tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima) photograph by NatureServe.

Ailanthus altissima Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Ailanthus altissima
  • Common Name: Tree of heaven
  • Growing Zone: USA: 5 to 8
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Tree

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 600 to 900
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 420 to 600
  • Time of Bloom: spring
  • Flower Details: Green
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Upright / erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: partial shade, partial sun to full sun
  • Rate of Growth: Quick
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Adaptable, Alkaline, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance:
  • Propagation: Seed
  • How to Prune: Requires little to no pruning. In some cases hard pruning can be disruptive.
  • Pests: Usually pest free
  • Diseases: Usually pest free

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of:
  • Best Garden Use:
  • Family: Simaroubaceae.
  • Closely Related Species: Quassia, Simarouba.
  • Miscellaneous: Pest tolerant, Aggressive surface roots possible, Non-native to North America, Invasive, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Ailanthus
  • Further Reading and References: Here and The deciduous Tree-of-Heaven

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Ailanthus altissima. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides for Bonsei species: How to grow Zanthoxylum simulans and Ginkgo biloba plants.

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