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Ash, Velvet or Modesto

Fraxinus velutina

Oleaceae - Olive

Description

Leaves: Opposite; once pinnately compound; 3" to 6" long; deciduous; 3-9 leaflets (usually 5); densely hairy petiole; leaflets thick, narrow elliptic to lanceolate, 1" to 2" long, glabrous on top and densely hairy below, finely serrate margin above the middle.

Twigs/buds: Twigs thin; rounded; hairy-velvety when young.  Terminal bud small, ovoid; 1/8" long; hairy.

Flowers/fruit: Flowers dioecious; small and inconspicuous, in small, hairy bunches; appearing in spring.  Fruit a samara; 3/4" long, 1/4" wide; paddle-shaped in small clusters; matures in fall.

Bark: Gray with some red; thin; furrowed.

Wood: Unimportant; growth rings distinct; ring-porous; presumably heavy; hard.

General: A small to medium-sized tree native to the canyons of extreme southwestern Utah and scattered throughout the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico.  Mostly found growing in canyons near intermittent streams.  Tolerant of drought, heat, and high soil pH.  Shade intolerant.

Landscape Use: 'Modesto Ash' is a cultivar of this species that is more readily available.  It makes an interesting and useful plant in a low water use and native plant-focused landscape.  Zones 7(6?)-10.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Oleaceae - Olive
Cultivar Availability:
Yes
Hardiness Zone:
7-10
Type:
Broadleaf
Utah Native:
Yes

Growth

Growth Rate:
Medium
Mature Height:
Medium
Longevity:
Medium
Is Good Under Power Lines:
No
Crown Shape:
Rounded

Ornamental

Bark:
No
Fall Color:
No
Flowers:
No
Foliage:
No
Fruit:
No

Tolerence

Shade:
Medium
Salt:
Medium
Drought:
High
Poor Drainage:
Medium
Alkalinity:
Medium
Transplanting:
Medium