Fraxinus caroliniana Mill.

Carolina Ash, Florida Ash, Water Ash, Pop Ash, Swamp Ash

Family: Oleaceae

Genus: Fraxinus

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Size: To 30' tall

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Leaves compound, opposite, 5 to 7 leaflets, sharply toothed, slightly leathery, dark green above, blue-green below. Flowers in spring before the leaves, fruits mature in autumn, broad-winged in drooping clusters. Likes wet soils. Understory of Taxodium distichum.


Native to the southeastern US, Texas and Cuba.

Published in Gard. Dict., ed. 8 Fraxinus #6 in 1768. ...raised from feeds which were sent from Carolina in the year 1724, by Mr. Catesby....

Linnaeus cited Catseby's Natural History Volume I plate 80 under Fraxinus americana in Sp. Pl. 2: 1057 in 1753 and again in Sp. Pl., ed. 2 2: 1510 in 1763 but Willdenow cited Catesby Volume I plate 80 under F. caroliniana and not under F. americana in [pub:/SpP4 Sp. Pl., ed. 4] 4: 2: 1103 to 4 in 1805.


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