tree leafTree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima). It is native to both northeast and central China and Taiwan. The tree grows rapidly and is capable of reaching heights of 15m in 25 years but it rarely lives for more than 50 years.

glandThe leaves are 40-60cm long with 13-25 narrowly elliptical leaflets. The leaflets reach 7-12cm long and have large gland-bearing teeth towards the base.

flowersFlowering occurs in early summer, when large clusters of yellow flowers develop above the leaves. Fruit produced on female plants are tan to reddish, single winged and wind and water-dispersed.seeds

The wood is soft, weak, coarse-grained, and creamy white to light brown in colour. All parts of the tree have a nutty or burned nut odour.