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Fraxinus excelsior

Common ash

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Key information

Plant type

Native tree

Flower colour

Light green

Feature

Colourful bark

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

This deciduous tree has attractive, dark green, divided leaves, usually with nine to 11 oval leaflets and a smooth, pale brown bark. It likes a sunny position in fertile, well-drained soil. It is often found growing on hillsides, and is quite easy to identify in the wild in winter because it is the only native tree to have black buds. In autumn the leaves turn a rich yellow before dropping. Try growing the cultivar 'Jaspidea'. Its leaves are yellow in spring turning golden in autumn.

Family: Oleaceae

Genus: Fraxinus

Species: excelsior

Plant type: Native tree

Flower colour: Light green

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Colourful bark

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 2000cm

Spread: 3000cm

Time to plant seeds: November to March


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