Ardu Plant | Ailanthus excelsa Roxb

Ailanthus excelsa Roxb belongs to the genus Ailanthus, in which two other species A. grandis and A. grandulosa are also found in India.


Local name: Ardu

Ardu is a small borough (Estonian: alevik) in Kose Parish, Harju County in northern Estonia.

All these species grow into enormous trees and a full grown tree gives 6-7 quintals of edible leaves twice a   year.

Ardu Plant

Nutritive value

Crude protein and total digestible nutrients contents are 19 and 64%, respectively. Acid detergent fibre and neutral detergent fibre are 42 and 48%, respectively. Ardu leaves regarded as a good fodder by farmers. Mature leaves highly palatable and nutritious, usually fed  to  sheep  and  goats.  Adult  animals  can      be


maintained on ardu leaves.