Plant Care Varnish Tree

Varnish Tree

Also known as

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


Ailanthus altissima

How to care for Varnish Tree


How often to water your Varnish Tree

Water needs for Varnish Tree
0.5 cups
every 9

Varnish Tree 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 Varnish Tree

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

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 Varnish Tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Varnish Tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Varnish Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Varnish Tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Varnish Tree: 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 Varnish Tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Varnish Tree 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 Varnish Tree

Varnish Tree

Varnish Tree

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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