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Fraxinus velutina     
Arizona ash   
Oleaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: medium to large rounded tree
Seasonality: deciduous
Size: 30-50ft with spread usually 2/3 height; fast growth rate
Leaves: pinnately compound , usually 3-5 leaflets per leaf, leaflets 3/4 to 2.5in long; upper surface glossy green, lower soft and velvety; fall color yellow or attractive gold
Flowers: dioecious, not ornamental
Fruit: clusters of winged seed on female plants, similar to single maple seeds; 1-1.25in long, 1/4in wide
Stems/Trunks: new growth (twigs) are velvety; attractive medium gray trunk, bark fissured throughout
Range/Origin: large range, Texas, southern New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Mexico; elevations of 2000-6000ft; found in canyons with perennial source of water
Arizona ash tree
mature specimen of Fraxinus velutina
Hardiness: to 0°F



Arizona ash tree close-up of leaf
young specimen of Fraxinus velutina (left) and leaf form (right)
note more upright form verses cultivar 'Fan-tex'


moderately susceptible to Texas Root Rot, also prone to nematodes, chlorosis

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