Ailanthus altissima

Tree of Heaven                                        

147 S. Front Street Columbia PA

Len Eiserer

Tree of Heaven typically is not particularly large nor long-lived but this specimen is far larger than average.  Unfortunately a vine has been permitted to overtake almost the entire tree (see winter photo) and, if not removed, will no doubt lead to the tree's demise.

 

This amazing species, though a native of China, serves as the central metaphor for the classic book, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."