what plant is this?

Asked August 27, 2018, 7:48 PM EDT

Hello, this is a volunteer in my yard, a shady spot in Hillsdale. It's about 2-3 feet tall, 2 stems coming out of the ground, thanks for your help, Nanette

Multnomah County Oregon plant identification

2 Responses

Does the foliage of the plant stink? It looks like Ailanthus altissima, commonly known as tree of heaven or sometimes stink tree. It is invasive and needs to be removed. Here are some information pages from the City of Portland and others.
"Alien Plant Invader: Tree-of-heaven": https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/504479
Lastly, the page from Oregon State's Landscape Plants: https://landscapeplants.oregonstate.edu/plants/ailanthus-altissima

Hi Jackie D, thanks for your response. It does look like the stink tree, though the leaves don't smell at all, and the broken branches have a light lemony-acetone-y smell. But I do think it's something I'll have to get rid of, before it gets any bigger. The place where it is is no place for a tree!
Thanks again,