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.


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 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 located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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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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 New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

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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 New Orleans, Louisiana ⛅.

Varnish Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


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 your location in New Orleans, Louisiana, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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