Plant Care Ailanthus Altissima

Ailanthus Altissima

About Ailanthus Altissima

The Tree of Heaven is a non-native invasive tree that has naturalized in many parts of the USSA and all areas of NC. The leaves are the best way to identify this tree as the large compound leaves have a glandular, notched base on each leaflet. It is reported to be invasive in natural areas in 30 states across the continental U.S. and Hawaii.


Ailanthus altissima

Also known as

Tree-of-Heaven, Tree-of-Heaven, Tree of heaven, Ailanthus, Varnish tree, Chouchun and Tree of hell

How to care for Ailanthus Altissima


How often to water your Ailanthus Altissima

Water needs for Ailanthus Altissima
0.5 cups
every 9

Ailanthus Altissima needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Ailanthus Altissima

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Tree-of-Heaven in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ailanthus Altissima: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Ailanthus Altissima love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Ailanthus Altissima does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Ailanthus Altissima in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Ailanthus Altissima

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Ailanthus Altissima: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Ailanthus Altissima after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Ailanthus Altissima can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Ailanthus Altissima

Ailanthus Altissima

Ailanthus Altissima

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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