Flowers. Photographer Don Wood, south coast, NSW

Flowers close up. Australian Plant Image Index, Photographer H Hadobas, E of Queanbeyan, NSW

Pods and leaves. Australian Plant Image Index, Photographer RG & FJ Richardson, Moliagul, Vic

Tree. Australian Plant Image Index, Photographer H Hadobas, east of Queanbeyan, NSW

Suckers. Australian Plant Image Index, Photographer RCH Shepherd, near Raywood, Vic

Common Name

Tree of Heaven




Introduced shrub or tree to 25m tall, deciduous, suckering to form dense thickets. The glands near the bases of the leaflets with an unpleasant smell when crushed. Leaves alternating up the stems, overall 20-100cm long, composed of 9-41 leaflets each 4-15cm long, 15-60mm wide, flat, hairy becoming hairless, sometimes entire, but usually with 1-2 teeth or lobes near the base, a gland at the tip of each lobe, and with pointed tips. Flowers white, male, female, or bisexual, with 5 petals, in panicles at the tops of the branches. Noxious weed Vic.

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 450

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