Fraxinus velutina

Velvet Ash

Plant family: Oleaceae - Olive


Plant type: Tree

Plant origin: N/A, California, Floristic Provence of Baja, Other Southwest

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Fifteen Gallon 14   139.00
One Gallon 595   14.99
Five gallon - Natural 108   44.99

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Flower Color Pale Green
Blooming Season Spring
Height 25-40 feet
Spread 15-30 feet
Sun / Shade   
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Chaparral, Desert, Joshua Tree Woodland, Oak Woodland

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Clay, Sand, Adaptable, Alkaline, Rocky

Special Characteristic

Autumn Foliage, Tolerant of Clay Soil, Tolerates Hard Frost

Plant Highlights

In California Fraxinus velutina, or Velvet Ash, is found in the southern Sierra Nevada, the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, and the California chaparral and woodlands ecoregion, with scattered populations extending into Baja California.

This ash is a small to medium-sized, deciduous shade tree, usually no taller than 40 ft. This tree has an open, rounded crown of spreading branches and leaflets quite variable in shape and hairiness. Spreading branches form a rounded crown. Bark is deeply furrowed. Foliage turns yellow in fall. The inconspicuous, green, springtime flowers are followed by the production of showy, persistent fruits

It is planted as a shade and street tree. It is hardy in alkaline soils and fast-growing. In the desert, ash trees indicate a permanent underground water supply.
When established, it is a moderate water user; supplement with 2-3 irrigations per month in hot part of year

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