RIO GRANDE ASH Fresno
Fraxinum berlandieriana - Oleaceae, Olive Family
Medium-sized, ornamental tree with handsome foliage and broad,
Height: 30 feet; can grow to 60 feet.
Flowers: Small, greenish; in spring before
Fruit: I to 11/2-inch elongated winged
Foliage: Deciduous; grayish-green to bright-green leaves.
Bark: Gray to light brown, darkening with age.
Growth rate: Rapid.
Sun: Partial shade to full sun.
Drainage: Poor to moderate.
Maintenance: Resistant to root-rot; should NOT
be topped; occasionally infested by webworms; leaf-cutter ants are attracted to foliage.
Near rivers and resacas.
Nest sites; Plain Chachalacas rely on erupting buds when other foods
Fuel; medicinal uses. Marketed heavily through South Texas under the misnomer "Arizona Ash" (another
species); most abused of all native trees by tree toppers.