Tree of Heaven

Honour Roll of Trees

Ailanthus altissima


Also known as Chinese Sumac, it originated in China. Tree of Heaven have been planted for ornamental purposes for many years. They are tolerant of poor air quality in large urban areas and will survive on marginal sites. This is the species featured in the novel “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. Unfortunately they may become invasive and are considered a noxious weed in many areas of the world.


Diameter: 51.5 cm

Circumference: 162 cm

Height: 13.6 m

*diameter and circumference measured at breast height – 1.3 m above the ground


Address: 34027 Saltford Road, Hamlet of Saltford.

UTM Coordinates: E443838, N4844618

Notes: tree is immediately adjacent to the road.

Submitted by: John Hazlitt and Steve Bowers. Date measured: October 10, 2008