Ailanthus altissima

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaSimaroubaceaeAilanthusAilanthus altissima

Ecology

A large tree planted in streets and parks in urban areas, but rarely found elsewhere. It is extremely tolerant of atmospheric pollution. It grows rapidly, and spreads by suckering, but rarely sets seed in Britain. Lowland.

Status

Neophyte

World Distribution

Native of China; extensively naturalised in C. & S. Europe where it is an extremely invasive species, once described to C. D. Preston as the `Tree of Hell`.

JNCC Designations

NHMSYS0000455700