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.

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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

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

    UK Map