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Fraxinus ornus (Flowering Ash)

Flowering Ash, Manna Ash


Noted for its splendid floral display in spring, Fraxinus ornus (Flowering Ash) is a pretty, medium-sized, deciduous tree with a short trunk and a dense oval to almost round, irregular crown. In late spring, fragrant, showy white flower panicles appear above the foliage. They are followed by clusters of winged seeds, 2 in. long (5 cm), that ripen in fall and may persist on the tree throughout winter. The foliage of compound pinnate, mat blue-green leaves contains 5-9 leaflets which turn sometimes rich shades of yellow-burgundy to red-purple in the fall. After dropping to the ground, the attractive smooth, silver bark is revealed, providing winter interest. Flowering Ash is a splendid shade tree or specimen tree for a large landscape. 

  • Grows up to 40-50 ft. tall and wide (12-15 m).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in organically rich, moist, well-drained loams. Some drought tolerance once established. Best performance usually occurs in climates with cool summers.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant.
  • This beautiful tree is subject to the emerald ash borer, which can kill the tree within 3-5 years after infestation. This borer now constitutes a serious threat to all species of ash in North America.
  • Keep an eye our for lilac borer, carpenter worm, oyster shell scale, leaf miners, fall webworms, ash sawflies and ash leaf curl aphid. Potential disease problems include fungal leaf spots, powdery mildew, rust, anthracnose, cankers and ash yellows.
  • Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by seed or grafting
  • Native to southern Europe, Asia Minor.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Fraxinus - Ash Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 40' – 50' (12m – 15m)
Spread 40' – 50' (12m – 15m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Fraxinus - Ash Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 40' – 50' (12m – 15m)
Spread 40' – 50' (12m – 15m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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