Other common names:
Chinese Sumac, Tree of Heaven|
Other scientific names:
Ailanthus glandulosus, Ailanthus peregrina, Toxicodendron altissimum
Quassia Family (Simaroubaceae)
Tree; Large compound leaves with strong unpleaseant smell when crushed.
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) - leaves don't smell. Stems fuzzy.
Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra) - leaves smaller; resembles Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina).
Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) - grows in wet areas.
Alternate, Compound, Entire; Large. Strong unpleasant smell when crushed.
Fields and Open Areas; Along edges of city lots; by the sides of buildings.
Trees in Canada: 232
Common in cities.
Ailanthus can easily be mistaken for Sumac if one is not familiar with these trees. Also known as Tree Of Heaven, it is a native of Asia.
Origin and Meaning of Names:
Scientific Name: altissima: tall
Ailanthus: Tree of Heaven and Brooklyn, from The Monday Garden, by Sue Sweeney
Ailanthus & Staghorn Sumac, from The Monday Garden, by Sue Sweeney
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