German Ash


Fraxinus holotricha

Leaves: Deciduous.  Pinnately compound leaves 7-9” long. 7-9 leaflets each 1 ½ -2 ½ ” long, lance-shaped with pointed tips. The leaf is dark green, underneath grey and hairy and turns golden-yellow in fall.

Bark/Twigs: Ash gray to gray-brown colored bark. Furrowed into close diamond shaped areas.

Flowers/Fruit: Inconspicuous flowers. Dioecious- species have both male and female trees. Female trees produce ½ -1 ½ ” long, ¼” wide seeds which look like a canoe paddle.

Mature size and shape: Medium to large. 30-45’h x 25-30’w. Pyramidal when young, developing into a spreading pyramidal habit.

General information/special features: Plant in full sun. Tolerant of pollution. Does not tolerate compacted soil.

Landscape use and Maintenance: Shade tree. Good in industrial areas. Fast growing rate. Average maintenance. Used as a street tree in Europe. The common cultivar is ‘Moraine’ and produces very little flowers and fruit.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6-8

Family/Origin: Oleaceae – Olive. Native to south east Europe.

Campus use: Rare. Only specimen. The tree south of the Park Building (Bld 1) is on the Utah Big Tree Registry.