Plant id

Asked May 18, 2019, 6:35 PM EDT

Can you identify this plant?

Anne Arundel County Maryland weeds plant identification invasive ailanthus

1 Response

This looks like Ailanthus or Tree of Heaven, which is an invasive, weedy tree.
The most indicative trait of this plant is the smell of a crushed leaf. If it smells like rotten peanut butter, that is it.

Here is our page on this pesty plant: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/tree-heaven-ailanthus

If it doesn't smell like peanut butter, we'd guess our native sumac (not at all poisonous btw) or black walnut.


Christine