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It's growing in AL

Posted by sarowell 8a (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 19, 14 at 18:19

Yes, I have posted this to the Name That Plant forum but thought readers may find it interesting none the less.
Anyone know what this plant is?
Some specimens are at least 10ft tall, all with a single trunk, no branching. Didn't see any evidence of flowers/seed. Growing in full sun. Reminds me of sumac but the growth habit seems wrong.
SOLVED: Ailanthus altissima, Tree of Heaven, invasive from China.

This post was edited by sarowell on Sat, Jul 19, 14 at 19:46


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RE: It's growing in AL

  • Posted by nelson 8 in Alabama (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 19, 14 at 22:44

As invasive and difficult to eradicate as it is, I'm sure it has packed its bags and headed for my yard.....sigh.

Years ago I planted Robinia pseudoacasia 'Lacy Lady' - one of the most beautiful trees in my yard. Little did I know that it was GRAFTED to the species, which acts very much like the "tree from Heaven (or more aptly, the "depths of Hell)".

Now I'm having to dig up runners all over the place. Problem is - when the roots/runners incur damage, it encourages even more growth. It's a no-win situation that I battle constantly, but I can't bring myself to destroy my 'Lacy Lady' - she is one magnificent specimen.


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