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May 25, 2020 8:21 AM CST
Hello! I was wondering if anyone could ID this shrub/tree growing in our backyard in CT? I am thinking maybe Tree of Heaven or sumac? Thank you!
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Name: John
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May 25, 2020 8:47 AM CST
Looks like Tree of Heaven - Ailanthus altissima.

Snap off a compound leaf or two, and take a whiff of where it broke from stem. Tree of Heaven typically has an acrid odor.

That's probably not one you want to treasure.

Name: Stefan
SE europe(balkans) (Zone 6b)
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May 25, 2020 8:50 AM CST
Agree. Alianthus altisima aka trash tree. Its a pest. Forms dense patches if left unchecked...
May 25, 2020 10:15 AM CST
Thank you so much! I was afraid of that - I'll get to it now before it becomes more of a problem. Thank you!
Name: Daisy I
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May 25, 2020 11:26 AM CST
In the first couple years, a Tree of heaven tap root grows sideways. You may be able to pull it up. If you just cut it off, you will have more suckering from the sideways root.
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