The Tree Story
Tree of Heaven (Opens All Possibilities) – Ailanthus altissima
This tree grows like a wildling, from seed, and sprouting and suckering. It pops up all over the place, fast growing but short lived. The branches are delicate and vulnerable to the wind. It is not affected by pollution; in fact it can raise toxins from the soil, transmuting them into food for their own growth, then passing them into the surrounding air as clean oxygen. The Greeks call them “stink trees” because their broken branches and leaves give off quite a stench. Even so, they are safely fed to sheep at the end of the summer when most other fodder has dried up. Their fan-like leaves can be up to a meter long and their seed bunches look like highly feathered wings.