Fraxinus americana - Plant

Fraxinus americana, commonly called white ash, is native to eastern North America.

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About Fraxinus americana

Fraxinus americana is a species of ash tree native to eastern and central North America. It is found in mesophytic hardwood forests from Nova Scotia west to Minnesota, south to northern Florida, and southwest to eastern Texas.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name white ash, American ash, Canadian ash, American white ash
Maximum Reachable Height 60.00 to 80.00 feet
Flower Colour light green to purplish
Bloom Time April to May
Difficulty Level easy to grow

Planting and care

  • The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), a beetle native to Asia, is a serious threat to Fraxinus species in North America.
  • It is thought to have been introduced to North America in wooden packing material and in 2002 was identified as the cause of the decline and mortality of ash trees that had been noted in the Detroit (Michigan) metropolitan area.
  • It has since caused extensive damage to ash trees in the USA and Canada, killing an estimated 30 million trees.
  • It has now been discovered in the region of Moscow and there is concern it could spread to the rest of Europe, leading to further economic and ecological damage.
  • Much work is hence being carried out to prevent the spread of this beetle to protect ash trees.

    Fraxinus americana care

    Fraxinus americana is a fine timber tree up to about 30 m in height, with a long, straight trunk and a rounded crown at maturity. The bark is dark grey with a uniform diamond-shaped ridge and furrow pattern.
    The leaves are deciduous, dropping in the autumn. They occur in opposite pairs, each leaf divided into seven or nine (rarely five) leaflets. The leaflets are dark green above and usually appear white beneath due to a waxy coating.

    Sunlight Full sun
    Watering Medium
    Soil well-drained soil
    Temperature 34 C
    Fertilizer apply any organic fertilizer

    Fraxinus americana special feature

    Planting new ash trees is no longer recommended given the susceptibility of this tree to the emerald ash borer.

    Fraxinus americana uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • White ash is planted as an ornamental tree in parks and large gardens
    • Cultivars such as Fraxinus americana ‘Autumn Purple’ provide a variety of autumn leaf colours

    Medicinal Use:

    • The bark is astringent, emmenagogue and a bitter tonic
    • An infusion is used to promote menstruation
    • It has also been used as a wash to treat skin sores, itches and vermin on the scalp

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Fraxinus americana ?

    Fraxinus americana is commonly known as white ash, American ash, Canadian ash, American white ash

    How tall do Fraxinus americana grow?

    On average Fraxinus americana grows 60.00 to 80.00 feet

    What color are Fraxinus americana ?

    A Fraxinus americana plant bears flowers of color light green to purplish

    When Fraxinus americana blooms?

    With enough light, Fraxinus americana may produce light green to purplish flowers in April to May

    How hard is Fraxinus americana to grow?

    A Fraxinus americana is easy to grow

    How much sunlight does a Fraxinus americana need?

    A Fraxinus americana prefers Full sun

    How much water does a Fraxinus americana need?

    A Fraxinus americana prefers watering Medium

    What kind of soil does a Fraxinus americana need?

    A Fraxinus americana prefers well-drained soil

    What temperature does a Fraxinus americana like?

    A Fraxinus americana prefers 34 C

    How often should I fertilize my Fraxinus americana ?

    To encourage Fraxinus americana growth, apply any organic fertilizer



    Reviews

    Friday, 25 October 2019

    Plant received looks good. However, exact review can be given after the plant starts to grow.

    Saurabh Paarekh

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