Gooding ash Oleaceae Fraxinus gooddingii
Leaf:Opposite, evergreen or tardily deciduous, pinnately compound, 7 to 11 sessile leaflets (each 1/4 to 1/2 inch long), entire or partially serrated margins, small leaves only 1 to 3 inches long, shiny green color above and paler, dull and a bit fuzzy below.
Flower:Species is dioecious; small and inconspicuous, males purple to yellow-green, females yellow-green, both are borne in small clusters before the leaves.
Fruit:Single wing, straight samara, 1/2 to 1 inch long, flat seed, broad wing with a round tip, mature in early summer.
Twig:Slender for an ash, reddish brown often with an abundance of gray wooly hairs, leaf scars raised, buds fuzzy.
Bark:Light gray-brown with very shallow fissures and splits, overall staying quite smooth.
Form:A shrub or small tree, reaching up to 20 feet in height (largest at 30 feet), often multistemmed.