Relatively few Asian trees were available for planting when the first edition of Downing's Landscape Gardening book came out in 1841, including: Ailanthus
altissima, Broussonetia papyrifera, Ginkgo biloba, Gleditsia sinensis, Magnolia denudata and liliflora (and their hybrid, x soulangeana), Morus alba, Platycladus orientalis and Salix babylonica.
Moreover a strong threat is represented by alien species that occupy considerable surfaces, especially Opuntia ficusindica (1534 [m.sup.2], 6%) and Ailanthus
altissima (590 [m.sup.2], 2%).
It represents the ground that nourished the ailanthus
tree feeding Francie Nolan's aspirations of middle-class respectability in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, as well as the Williamsburg of Henry Miller's boyhood, described as "the only tooth left in a rotten jaw" (25).
Again, it's possible to hear that rhythm if one listens, "in the nursery bedroom, / In the rank ailanthus
of the April dooryard / In the smell of grapes on the autumn table / And the evening circle in the winter gaslight."
The effects of the invasive Ailanthus
altissima on root morphology and rhizobial infection of Albizia julibrissin.
The old neo-classical hulk had been neglected for so many decades that mature ailanthus
trees were growing out of the parapets.
as I step out onto the window ledge the tracks below me
Removing the invasive tree Ailanthus
altissima and restoring natural cover.
altissima's Impact on Abundance of Transcripts Linked to Nodule Formation in Trifolium pratense.
Fredericksen, Todd S., Thurman, M., Fiore, J.D., and Evans, Dave "Comparison of method and season of application for control of the invasive tree species Ailanthus
altissima in Virginia, USA" in Invasive Species: Detection, Impact, and Control C.
The house itself is described as sitting at the top of the tended pathway "as the carven ailanthus
leaves are the Greek column's capital" (289)--a deft parallel here to the grandeur of the plantation's iconic Greek Revival big house.