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Ailanthus altissima,
Tree of Heaven

Family Simaroubaceae
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Tree of Heaven leaflets, Mason County, MI, October, 2013
Ailanthus leaves are compound with 11-41 leaflets on each stem. Red or reddish stems are typical, and each leaflet has a diagnostic lobe at the base. The tree was planted as an ornamental and street-scaping tree in the 1800s, but quickly became unpopular due to prolific suckering and its bad odor. Alien, from China, and now considered a weed tree.
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