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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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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Publication Date

June 24, 2019