Ailanthus Spotting – Detroit

Professional photographer Marcus Manley proves once again that you can’t photograph urban decay in Detroit without showcasing our favorite tree, Ailanthus altissima, in this lovely b&w winter shot: As the buildings tumble down, the trees grow up.

[Now that I’m out of the temperate zone, my opportunities for photographing Ailanthus have vanished. Fan of the tree? Send to me your thoughts, clippings and pictures of Ailanthus, the Ghetto Palm, the Tree of Heaven, and I will feature them at]