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Why You Shouldn't Plant a Tree of Heaven Near Your Home
The tree of heaven is considered an invasive species due to its aggressive growth and reproduction habits, which can disrupt native ecosystems
and biodiversity.
This plant produces an excessive amount of seeds, forms dense thickets that outcompete native species, and releases a chemical into the soil that is toxic to surrounding plants.
It is also a favorite host of the highly invasive lanternfly. Moreover, its extensive root system can damage infrastructure such as pavements, sewers, and building foundations.
It's known to produce an abundance of pollen, which can cause allergies and hay fever. Coming into contact with any part of the tree can cause skin inflammation
and dermatitis.
Finally, removing a mature tree of heaven is a complex process, often requiring professional assistance, as new sprouts can easily emerge if not
properly removed.