Fraxinus americana L.

White Ash, American Ash

Family: Oleaceae

Genus: Fraxinus

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 4 to 9

Size: To 80' tall, 70' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun


Leaves opposite, compound, to 15", 5 to 9 leaflets. Broad rounded head. Good autumn color. Moist well-drained soil preferred.


Native to east Canada and eastern and central US.

Introduced to cultivation in 1724.

Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 1057 in 1753.

Linnaeus cited Catseby's Natural History Volume I plate 80 and again in Sp. Pl., ed. 2 2: 1510 in 1763 but Willdenow cited Catesby Volume I plate 80 under Fraxinus caroliniana and not under F. americana in [pub:/SpP4 Sp. Pl., ed. 4] 4: 2: 1103 to 4 in 1805.


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