image of Tree-of-Heaven


Nature Loop

The downed trees along the trail are known as tree-of-heaven, a native Chinese species that has become a widespread invasive species across North America. Easily identified by its large seed pods, it reproduces quickly, crowds out native species, and secretes a toxic chemical into the soil that can kill nearby plants. The tree has also advanced the spread of the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect that lays its eggs on the trees, and feeds on and damages many native trees.