Plant Care Varnish Tree

Varnish Tree

About Varnish Tree

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.

Taxonomy

Ailanthus altissima
Ailanthus
Simaroubaceae
Sapindales

Also known as

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

How to care for Varnish Tree

Water

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 located in Houston, Texas.

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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.

Plant care guide for Varnish Tree in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas

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Growing Varnish Tree in Houston right now

Light needs for plant Varnish Tree in Houston, Texas

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

February 6th, 2023

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Houston is currently medium 👌.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Varnish Tree in Houston, Texas

Sunlight will increase by 27.7% ☀️

February 7th, 2023

Houston is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Houston is expected to increase by 27.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 12.1 megajoules of energy per m2 p…

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Light needs for plant Varnish Tree in Houston, Texas

Daylight will increase by 0.8 hours 📈

February 6th, 2023

This month, Houston is getting an average of 6.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 8.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 11.1 total hours of dayl…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Houston, Texas ⛅.

Varnish Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

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.

When to repot Varnish Tree

Nutrient needs for plant Varnish Tree in Houston, Texas

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

February 6th, 2023

The growing potential in Houston is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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FAQs
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!


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Care Summary for Varnish Tree

Varnish Tree

Varnish Tree


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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