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European Ash: Fraxinus excelsior

A European ash Leaf of a European ash Twig of European ash
A European ash
Courtesy G. Lumis
Leaf of a European ash
Courtesy G. Lumis
Twig of European ash
Courtesy G. Lumis

Scientific Name: Fraxinus excelsior

Hardiness Zones: 5 to 7 
Height: 75 ft
Spread: 75 ft
Form: rounded 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches 

The European ash is a rather large tree with dark green summer foliage and little or no fall color. It may be used on high pH soils but is otherwise unremarkable. 

'Aureafolia' - This rounded, compact tree will have a height and spread of about 20 feet. The new foliage and young twigs are yellow. The foliage becomes yellowish green in summer then yellow in fall. 

'Hessei' - A rounded tree, slightly smaller than the species. It has dark green, lustrous foliage and is often used as a street tree. 

Text courtesy University of Michigan State Extension Service