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Ash, Green Fraxinus pennsylvanica

Green Ash - Fraxinus pennsylvanica
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Hardy and fast-growing, prospers under most conditions. Lance-shaped leaflets are a lustrous medium to dark green, turning yellow in fall. Crown is densely rounded or irregular, leaf stems are velvety. Grows to 50' to 60', 25' spread. (zones 2-9)

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Zones 2 - 9 Zones 2 - 9
Hardiness Zones 2 - 9
The Green Ash can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Shade Tree Shade Tree
Type of tree
Shade Trees
50' - 60' High 50' - 60' High
Mature Height
The Green Ash grows to be 50' - 60' feet in height.
25' Spread 25' Spread
Mature Spread
The Green Ash has a spread of about 25' at full maturity.
Fast Growth Fast Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a fast growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This ash does well in full sun.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Green Ash grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wet, wide range, clay soils.
Oval Shape Oval Shape
Shape
This ash has oval, upright or erect shape.
Attributes

An excellent shade tree, the Green Ash is extremely popular, especially in the Great Plains, and in cities and high-use parks throughout eastern United States. This popularity is due to its fast growth, marvelous adaptability to a wide range of soils, and ability to withstand drought. Like White Ash, its close relative of baseball bat fame, Green Ash has wood that is tough, elastic, straight-grained and very strong. Most oars and canoe paddles are made from Green Ash wood as the lighter, more useful White Ash wood is becoming scarce and thus expensive.

Description

Hardy and fast-growing, prospers under most conditions. Lance-shaped leaflets are a lustrous medium to dark green, turning yellow in fall. Crown is densely rounded or irregular, leaf stems are velvety. Grows to 50' to 60', 25' spread. (zones 2-9)

Wildlife Value

The Green Ash has moderate importance to wildlife. The seeds are eaten by wood ducks, finches, and cardinals.

Moisture

It prefers wet soil conditions, and has slight drought tolerance.

Leaves

This trees leaves are opposite, compound, 6 to 9 inches long, 5 to 9 leaflets that range from 3 to 4 inches in length. Medium green in summer and bright yellow in autumn.

Flower Color

Green to reddish-purple.

Bloom Time

April

Fruit Description

The fruit is elongated, 1 to 2 inches long, tan in color, attractive to birds.