Ailanthus altissima
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Ailanthus altissima

tree of heaven
chun pi

  family simaroubaceae 
  genus ailanthus 

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Genus  Ailanthus Species  altissima Variety  Cultivar  Common names  tree of heaven   chun pi Family  SIMAROUBACEAE Specimen number  S13938 Data source  Allergy p268;MedPl p161;Xeri p305
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Ascending Overall height  60' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Ailanthus altissima can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. It usually does best in dry soils. Tree of heaven tolerates occasional periods of drought. Ailanthus altissima is known as chun pi in Chinese. This plant tolerates windy and salty seaside conditions.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  yes Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen  Light Hay fever season  Jun 01 - Jun 30 Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  antidiarrheal   antidysenteric   anthelmintic   antimalarial   antiasthmatic   antispasmodic Medicinal parts  Bark   Root bark Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Ailanthus altissima has traditionally been used in many herbal remedies including: as an antidiarrheal, as an antidysenteric, as an anthelmintic and as an antimalarial. (More are listed in the medicinal properties section.) Tree of heaven is only to be administered with proper professional knowledge. The bark and the root bark are used in herbal preparations. This is a light producer of pollen but should cause problems to only the most sensitive hay fever sufferers. Hay fever season is typically the month of June.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Ailanthus altissima is a cultivated ornamental.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Ailanthus altissima is a woody perennial. Tree of heaven is deciduous in nature.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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