Fraxinus anomala is is a deciduous shrub or small tree approaching maximum heights of five to six meters. The leaf may be simple or it may be compound, composed of up to five leaflets which look like individual leaves. Each leaflet is oval-shaped to round and may have teeth along the edges. The nondescript brownish flowers lack petals. The fruit is a flat samara up to two centimeters long and one wide, green when young and tan to brown when mature. The samaras hang in bunches.
Plant ash for its height, grace and spread. In ideal conditions, ash trees can grow to heights of more than 100 feet, with spreads of 60 feet, but more often they'll be 70 to 80 feet tall, according to the University of Florida Extension. Though the emerald ash borer has decimated the ash population in the United States, it's worth trying to grow this beautiful shade tree. You can propagate it from seed, though you'll wait a long time before it grows tall.
Genus - Fraxinus
Species - Anomala
Common name - Singleleaf Ash
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 6 - 8
Height - 6 m
Spread - 4 m
Plant type - Large Shrub / Small Tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, loam, well drained
Water requirements - Average Water, drought tolerant
Landscape uses - Feature Plant, Hedges, Shade Trees
Germination rate - 78%
Bloom season - Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Green
|Germination||1. Remove form the ziplock bag and keep the seeds in an paper envelope in the freezer till ready to plant or for the winter. This process, called dry cold stratification, mimics weather conditions outdoors and is necessary for ash seed germination.|
2. Remove the seeds from the refrigerator in mid-April. Fill a seed tray or flat with soilless potting mix and sow the ash seeds on top. Cover with an additional 1/2 inch of potting mix and moisten thoroughly.
3. Set the flat in a sunny, warm room, keeping it moist for the next two weeks. Seeds will germinate and sprout.
Thin the seedlings to 6 inches apart. Transplant them into individual pots full of moist potting soil when they reach heights of 2 inches. (source: ehow.com)