About tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Life cycle and background
Invasive deciduous tree. The preferred host plant of invasive spotted lanternfly.
Fast growing and invasive; leaf large, 1 to 4 ft. long, compound with 11 - 25 leaflets; leaflets have a smooth margin and 1-2 teeth near the base with a pair of small glandular structures; entire plant has an unpleasant odor but particularly the leaves if they are crushed. Tree of Heaven looks similar to native sumac and black walnut.
Seeds; male and female flowers on separate plants, followed by papery samaras; large leaf scars and smooth bark; resprouts from roots if cut
Conditions that favor growth
Escaped cultivation and can be found in any location, even under harsh conditions
Maryland Biodiversity Project | More ID photos of tree of heaven