top of page
  • Writer's pictureKelly Robinson

The dangers of the Tree of Heaven

trees of heaven are harmful and should be removed
Tree of Heaven is ubiquitous in the Denver metro, and should be removed from all properties in Colorado

The Tree of Heaven, also known as Ailanthus altissima, is a deciduous tree that is native to China, but has been introduced to many parts of the world, including the United States. It was first brought to the US in the late 1700s as an ornamental tree and as a potential source of tannin for the leather industry. However, it quickly became invasive and is now considered a significant problem in many areas of the country.

The Tree of Heaven can grow up to 80 feet tall and can spread rapidly, often taking over an area and crowding out native plants. It is a hardy tree that can tolerate a wide range of conditions, including poor soil and drought. It can also grow in a variety of environments, from forests to urban areas.

One of the main dangers posed by the Tree of Heaven is its ability to grow close to houses and utilities. The tree has a shallow root system that can cause damage to foundations, sidewalks, and driveways. The roots can also grow into and damage sewer lines and other underground utilities. The tree also has an offensive odor, that some people find it unpleasant, and it produces a lot of seeds that can be a nuisance.

The best practice for removing the Tree of Heaven is to consult with a certified arborist. They can help to identify the tree and determine the best method of removal based on the size and location of the tree. If the tree is small, it can be removed by hand with a shovel or a small root saw. Larger trees, however, may require the use of specialized equipment, such as a chainsaw or a stump grinder.

Additionally, it is important to ensure that the tree is removed completely, including the roots, to prevent regrowth. In cases where the tree is growing in close proximity to utilities or structures, it may be necessary to hire a professional tree service ( like Colorado Premier Tree Care!) to ensure that the removal is done safely and without causing damage.

We understand that sometimes bad trees grow in good spots in the yard and provide good shade...We get it ! Keep in mind these trees grow very fast ! There is a product called a growth regulator that wil stunt the growth of the tree.

If you decide to remove the tree of heaven its best to keep in mind that just cuting it down will not sufice...the best method for complete eradaication is to treat the fresh cut stump with Garlon( commercial root killer) and let it set in for a few days THEN get the stump ground out.

Trees of heaven are our favorite tree to remove! we take great pride in killing as many as we can ! So if you have one that needs to go keep Colorado Premier Tree in mind ! Cheers Denver !

7 views0 comments
bottom of page