Raywood Ash

Fraxinus angustifolia 'Raywood'

  • Size:

    Height: 30-40'; Spread: 20'

  • Growth:

    Fast

  • Character:

    Deciduous; oval and upright; moderate canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Dark green, serrated, pinnate leaves, with paired leaflets 1" long. Fall foliage is purple-red; tree is bare November-February.

  • Flower:

    Insignificant flowers, rarely seen.

  • Fruit:

    Seedless; this variety lacks the winged seeds typical of ashes, and produces little sidewalk litter.

  • Bark:

    Smooth, light brown bark. 

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Low. Early pruning to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought, any soil, extreme temperatures. 

  • Special Considerations:

    Prefers sun and performs best in the warmer microclimates. Does not tolerate constant wind or fog.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to South Europe, Western Asia. Fine, delicate-looking tree.