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Fraxinus Genus

Ash

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterMoist

Description

Fraxinus genus (Ash).

DUE TO THE SPREAD OF CHALARA FRAXINEA (ASH DIEBACK DISEASE) RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN IMPOSED BY THE UK GOVERNMENT PREVENTING THE MOVEMENT OF HOMEGROWN AND IMPORTED PLANTS. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED NOT TO OFFER ANY FRAXINUS TREES FOR SWAP OR SALE UNTIL RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED.

This genus has about 65 species of mainly deciduous, fast-growing trees. They differ from other woody members of the olive family by having pinnate leaves consisting of several leaflets. The flowers are panicles or racemes of blooms which are small and insignificant. There are several large species which are valued for their tough, pale timber.

Characteristics

Deciduous or Evergreens, Trees

Origin

Europe, Asia and N.America.

Interest and use

Grown mainly for their foliage of paired leaflets; flowers are usually insignificant. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

They are fully hardy, and will need a sunny position with a fertile, well drained but not too dry a soil.

Propagation

Propagate species by seed in autumn, selected forms by budding in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Honey Fungus, Chalara fraxinea.
A Plant Health Order 2012 prohibiting all imports of ash seeds, plants and trees into Great Britain, and all movement of ash seeds, plants and trees within Great Britain, was introduced by the UK Parliament on 30 October 2012 to prevent further spread of Chalaria fraxinea.

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