119a Heaven3 Jpg
147 S. Front Street Columbia PA

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.

Ailanthus¬†is a much maligned species whose virtues — which are considerable — are typically ignored by its critics.

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


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