Q. Can I save my Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)?

An ailanthus tree, age about 20 years, grows out of the concrete barrier between a neighboring building in the back courtyard of my apt.building. In order to replace the crumbling barrier with a chain link fence, it has been suggested that the tree be cut down. Water leaking into the other building has been cited as another reason to cut the tree down. Is the tree at fault? Can it be saved?
I want to save the tree. Can it be kept?

Answer

The Ailanthus altissima tree is no angel and quite invasive. Growing out of the concrete shows what a thug it is. We love trees but this one is not needed, not a native to the U.S., not helpful displacing native plants, which may affect wildlife. 

http://www.fs.fed.us/nrs/news/review/review-vol22.pdf

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/indiana/journeywithnature/tree-of-heaven-1.xml

http://www.ecolandscaping.org/05/invasive-plants/tree-of-heaven-an-exotic-invasive-plant-fact-sheet/ More here:

Courtesy of the NYBG Plant Information Service

  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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