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Ash, Green Fraxinus pennsylvanica

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: 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:
The Green Ash falls into the following type(s): 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.

More Info
More Info

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.