Fraxinus ornus

Fraxinus ornus
Fraxinus ornus 
manna ash, flowering ash
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized tree
USUAL HEIGHT 5-8m
USUAL WIDTH 2-4m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS cream
BLOOMING TIME May - June
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Ashes are common trees of our climate. But not every one looks as pretty as this manna ash. It comes from South Europe and SW Asia and offers both attractive foliage and flowers.

Manna ash is a small to mid-sized tree with a rounded crown that needn’t be pruned to look nice. Its deciduous leaves are pinnate, mid green, 15-30 cm long, turning red and purple-red in autumn. Inflorescence are rich, up to 12 cm long dense panicles composed of small, linear, creamy white flowers that are sweetly scented. They come out from the first hot days of end spring until early summer and look similar to the flowers of fringe tree. Female plants produce attractive samaras (fruit) in late summer.

It makes rather extensive root system with shallow roots so avoid planting it near walls and concrete fences as well as very near to pavements. Pruning, if needed, can be done at the end of winter. Ashes are quite soil tolerant provided the soil is well drained. For best results, however, grow it in rich, neutral to alkaline soil, constantly moist soil. Fully hardy to min. -27°C (USDA zone 5),

Last update 27-02-2010
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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