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.
A. altissima was introduced into cultivation in 1751, but not recorded from the wild until 1935.
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`.
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