Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Ailanthus altissima (Mill.) Swingle

Fully hardy, spreading, suckering tree with large, oblong-elliptic, pinnate leaves, to 60cm long, with up to 30 leaflets which open reddish green and later turn green. In summer, terminal panicles of small green flowers, up to 30cm long, are followed by red-brown fruit, similar to the ash.  To 25m.  [RHSE, Hilliers’, FNSW].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1751.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.39/1843].  Widely naturalised across Australia and difficult to eradicate due to its suckering habit.  [FNSW].


Published Feb 22, 2009 - 02:04 PM | Last updated Feb 15, 2010 - 11:38 AM

Family Simaroubaceae
Region of origin


  • Ailanthus glandulosa Desf.
Common Name

Tree of heaven

Name in the Camden Park Record

Ailanthus glandulosus

Confidence level high