Plant ID forum: Tree Of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Oct 3, 2015 4:34 PM CST
:blinking: I am so googly-eyed from looking at hundreds of photos trying to figure out what trees these are and I still haven't found an exact match. Although difficult to see, the leaves appear to be alternate. With the third photo, I'm not real sure what's what; it looks like there are vines growing up through the tree.

Growing in zone 10a - Sebastian, Fl
Photos taken April 1, 2015
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Oct 3, 2015 7:29 PM CST
I think this is likely Ailanthus altissima commonly called Tree of Heaven. Everything looks right and those look to be vines growing up the trunk, but the trunk still looks right to me. Those that grow on my place even have those whitish blotches.
Donald
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Oct 3, 2015 9:10 PM CST
Donald, that was my very first thought but this tree has alternate leaves, doesn't Ailanthus altissima have opposite leaves?
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Oct 3, 2015 10:04 PM CST
@needrain Donald, Thank you so much for confirming that this is the Tree of Heaven. I had a few saplings sprout up in our yard a number of years ago and I sure thought it reminded me of those. I thought Ailanthus had opposite leaves but upon looking more closely at photos of stems and leaves of Ailanthus altissima, the leaves are indeed alternate.

I will have to tell my sister and brother in law about their invasiveness as there is a huge stand of really tall trees growing on the property line between their house and their next door neighbors. They are on the neighbors property but my sister and brother in law need to be aware of their invasiveness.

Thanks again!
Lin
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Oct 4, 2015 5:49 AM CST
Those things love property lines aka fence rows!

Donald

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