Fraxinus oxycarpa

Desert Ash, Caucasian Ash

A hardy, fast-growing tree adaptable to a range of sites.

Features: Hardy. Tolerant of harsh sites. Green canopy through summer.
Applications: A great street tree. Shade tree. Urban environments. Parks, gardens, lawns.
Description With a tolerance of hot dry summers, urban environments, exposed sites and various soils, the Desert Ash is a versatile tree. Useful as a street tree or a shade tree in parks and gardens, its pleasing canopy remains green through summer, yellowing a little for autumn. Deep roots also make it suitable for lawned sites.
Availability: Torbay, Champion Lakes : 100L
Mature height: 8-15
Mature spread: 6-12
Canopy: Rounded, loosely symmetrical. Moderately dense shade (seasonal).
Growth rate: Fast
Cautions: Invasive potential for native vegetation!! Plant only in appropriate sites. Will not tolerate wet sites.
Tolerances: Hot, dry summers. Drought tolerant. Urban conditions - air pollution. Poor soils. Alkaline soils.
Sun demands: Best in full sun
Soil demands: Will thrive on nutritious soils but tolerates any well-drained soils, including alkaline.
Water demands: Low
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Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Deciduous
Family: Oleaceae

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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from 2009.

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