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Prepared by Rachel Brooks (Virginia Tech); Barbara Bailey (VCE-Loudoun); and Beth Sastre (VCE-Loudoun). Photos by: John Seiler; Edward Jensen; Alex Niemiera; and John Peterson (; tree-of-heaven leaves photo: Doug Goldman (hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database).

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The tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima) is an invasive tree found throughout Virginia. A few native shrubs and trees may appear similar. A visual guide that includes both drawings and photographs of each part of the tree is provided to help with identification.

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Publication Date

June 24, 2019