Tree-of-heaven - Ailanthus altissima


Ailanthus altissima is a spreading tree, often suckering, with large pinnate leaves which are reddish in spring, and small green flower clusters followed, on female trees, by red, winged fruits.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Planted in parks and gardens, usually found close to habitation or in public spaces.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History


UK Status

Widely scattered records, mostly from England. 

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map