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Fraxinus americana

White Ash

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Fraxinus americana (White Ash)

Large and fast growing shade tree with outstanding fall colors ranging from yellow to deep purple and maroon. The coloring depends on soil type and the individual genetics of the tree. It is one of the first trees to color in fall. The leaves are compound with five to nine leaflets. The bark is ash gray with furrows, which form diamond-shaped areas. Consult with an arborist before making tree choices as many diseases attack ash including a new Emerald Ash Borer. There are separate male and female trees. The female bears fruit. Wood baseball bats are made from the ash tree's close-grained wood.

Additional Information:


Height
50-80 Feet

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Spread
50-80 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Brilliant Red Chokeberry (Aronia brillantissima), Corkwood (Leitneria floridana), Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACU

Root

Fibrous

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
Average

Special Features

Interesting Bark

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Nesting
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