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Rio Grande Ash

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RIO GRANDE ASH Fresno
Fraxinum berlandieriana - Oleaceae, Olive Family

DESCRIPTION: 
  • Medium-sized, ornamental tree with handsome foliage and broad, rounded crown.

  • Height: 30 feet; can grow to 60 feet.

  • Flowers: Small, greenish; in spring before leafing.

  • Fruit: I to 11/2-inch elongated winged seed.

  • Foliage: Deciduous; grayish-green to bright-green leaves.

  • Bark: Gray to light brown, darkening with age.

  • Growth rate: Rapid.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Sun: Partial shade to full sun.

  • Soil.- Loamy.

  • Drainage: Poor to moderate.

  • Water: Moderate.

  • Maintenance: Resistant to root-rot; should NOT be topped; occasionally infested by webworms; leaf-cutter ants are attracted to foliage.
    Propagation: Seed.

NATIVE HABITAT: 

Near rivers and resacas.

WILDLIFE USE: 

Nest sites; Plain Chachalacas rely on erupting buds when other foods
are scarce. 


COMMENTS: 

Fuel; medicinal uses. Marketed heavily through South Texas under the misnomer "Arizona Ash" (another species); most abused of all native trees by tree toppers.

 

 

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