A tree which consisting of several stems with long compound leaves protuding of each. Colloquially, sometimes called a ‘stink tree’ due to its strong distinguishing odor. Also called ‘tree of heaven’, with no hyphens.
The tree-of-heaven originated in China, and was brought to North America in the early 1800s. Here in the States, they seldom grow to a very large size, though in China they do more frequently.
by Victor Van Styn September 25, 2005