Fraxinus excelsior Fraxinus

Fraxinus

Description: Fraxinus excelsior, also known as Common Ash is a tree with a light crown, oval-shaped with steeply angled branches but regular branched on all sides. Develops a smooth, pale grey bark. It's flowers open on bare branches in April slongside green leaves which don't break from their buds until at least a month later. The bunches of winged fruits dangle from the branches in late summerthrough until early autumn. Widely used for timber producing wood and is often made into sporting equipment such as tennis racquets, hockey sticks and cricket stumps as well as walking sticks.

History: Native to Europe and western Asia. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. In Scandinavian mythology, the tree of the world was an ash called Yggdrasil. It was said that its roots reached down into hell while its crown touched the heavens, its huge trunk connecting the two. Odin, considered to be the greatest of the gods, was said to have carved the first man from its wood.

Fraxinus Growing Tips: The Ash are mostly fast growing and tolerant of most soils and sites. They are good on chalk, are naturally shallow rooted, and will withstand shade while young. Ideal for coppice pruning to enhance their variety of striking foliage and are one of the most useful for burning logs.

Height and Spread (after 20 years): 30m x 20m

Attributes

  • Leaf colour: Green
  • L Size: Large
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Autumn colour
  • Can be hard pruned
  • Open space planting

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