Fraxinus- Ash

Large deciduous trees with composite leaves; some species remain smaller.

Situation:

The smaller species may be planted in medium-sized gardens; the larger trees are suitable only for parks or country estates.

Soil:

The ash accepts practically any type of soil, but will grow best in humus-rich loam.

Propagation:

From seed; garden forms by grafting.

Fraxinus excelsior, common ash: Height to 40 m; some garden forms remain smaller, for instance ‘Jaspidea’, the golden ash. ‘Pendula’ is a fine weeping form; it may grow quite large.

Fraxinus ornus: Height to 10 m, initially smaller and therefore suitable for small gardens. Finely serrated pointed leaves; white flowers in late spring and early summer, followed by the well known wing-shaped fruits.

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